Virginia M. Axline Message Board
Jeannie VanAntwerp posts on 7/19/2007 1:55:52 PM
I finished reading the book about Dibs a couple of weeks ago. My brother had lent it to me after reading it for his child pscyhology class. I had a hard time putting it down. It's message is timeless and I too wonder about Dibs. It is story of hope and inspiration.
Suzanne Thorson posts on 6/10/2007 8:39:41 PM
What ever happened to Dibs? How did he grow up? What kind of life did he have? Does anyone know?
Archie posts on 5/6/2007 9:13:36 PM
Dibs was a gifted child his parents did not understand his needs,he just wanted to be.Not locked up by a father who had little or no time for him.Why would he not want bury and hate such a person.Jake probably saved him from a complete breakdown. A
Archie posts on 5/4/2007 6:03:51 PM
Virginia Axline.Dibs. Alice Miller. The Drama of being a child. Bruno Betlhimes,work with severely disturbed,childern should be read and understood by anyone who is searching for his or her true self.We have four generations alcoholics in our familly ongoing emotional problems,there is a lot of psycobable going on in the theraputic world,i know what i am talking about.it has been a long road.
Molly posts on 4/21/2007 4:16:53 PM
I am studying counseling and when I came across Virginia Axline in my studies, I recalled her name. She was my neighbor when I was a child. I called my parents to get some more information on her and to find out if she was THE Virginia Axline. They told me that she was and that she and her sister moved in next door to my parents' house (Columbus, Ohio) a few years before I was born in 1977. She was a nice lady, but kept to herself quite a bit. I know she lived there until I was at least 10. My mom said she had a couple strokes and eventually moved to a nursing home in Columbus. She wasn't sure when she died.
Anonymous posts on 3/31/2007 9:49:13 PM
In the summer of 1950 I took an 8:00 a.m. class from Dr. Axline on Play Therapy. Almost the entire course was the case study of Dibs. When Dr. Axline was first called in to help Dibs, he was four years old and enrolled in a nursery school. He did not speak nor did he integrate with the other children. He was considered mentally retarded. As she sat observing him, he crawled around the perimeter of the room, stopping from time to time to pick up a book. She noticed that he lips moved, and asked his teacher if he were reading. The teacher replied that he could not even talk, so how could he read? Later they learned that he had taught himself to read. His mother had given him a set of blocks with letters painted on them. She sounded out each letter, and from that he had taught himself to read.
My recollection is that both of his parents were surgeons. Of course, in those days, we thought such behavior was the fault of the mother, although I do not recall that Dr. Axline ever suggested that. It was several years later that I first heard the term "autism". Fifty years later when my niece described the symptoms of her son who had Aspberger's Autism, it was like an epiphany to me. "Dibs had Aspberger's!" I thought to myself.
Regina Eisenberg posts on 3/11/2007 7:33:56 PM
Virginia Axline practiced in New York City after her studies and work in Ohio. In addition to her associations with Columbia and, I think, NYU, she was in private practice. I knew her personally and would love to hear from anyone else who knew her.
Miss Pamela A Harman, Art Therapist posts on 3/7/2007 9:28:44 AM
Our human tragedy of our present collective imaginative numbing and so present contemporary ethos in the UK g(gone to the dogs as the UK has!!) of formally diagnosing a child so they can be "treated" with a recipe. Headteachers are having to intervene lest they be hammered by Ofsted, (the Inspectorate). Professionals and believed to be "experts" sadly in the UK are disabling too many children instead of enabling them and all because of our Government's obsession with targets. We do not seem to have advanced at all regarding our human mind.
Jeanne Shepard, MS, OTR/L posts on 12/10/2006 5:40:40 PM
Play Therapy is useful, but not much for persons on the Autism Spectrum.
Ana Sutton posts on 12/10/2006 12:36:52 PM
It is my understanding she was a student of Carl Rogers, and taught at Columbia University. Maybe later she went to Ohio.
As for the person asking about Dibs in Mexico, I can tell you that it was published in the late 60's in Spanish but it is out of print.
As a play therapist, we see beauty in the work of Virginia Axline. The diagnosis is not what is important, what is important is that when the child felt secure, protected, in a safe and trusted environment where he could be "Dibs" change took place. Who is to say if by him changing that produced desired change in the parents. If we look at the Sytemic Play Therapy of Kevin O'Connor that is what we would find. In some ways, and without knowing Virginia Axiline also used "Filial Play Therapy".
Ana Sutton, MA-RPT
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