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Editorial Reviews. From the Publisher. As a former teacher-turned-editor, who read DIBS many Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Health, Fitness & Dieting. He has locked himself in a very special prison. This is the true story of how he learned to reach out for the sunshine, for life how he came to the breathless discovery of himself that brought him back to the world of other children. Virginia Axline () was a pioneer. Dibs presents abnormal social behavior by continuously isolating himself, rarely speaking, and physically lashing out at those around him. When Axline first meets Dibs's parents, they describe her as their son's last hope. The book details the interactions between Dibs and Axline.
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Successful work with children depends on a profound respect for their parents. If Dibs had not stopped resisting by the time his mother arrived, the chauffeur would be sent in to collect him. Dibs had been in private school for two years. Initially he had been mute and had not moved; then he had started crawling around the room but had huddled in a ball if anyone had approached him; he had never looked directly at anyone and had never answered anyone.
He had come every day without a problem but had waited for someone to take his coat off and take him to the class; he had looked at books a lot. Sometimes he had appeared mentally retarded and sometimes intelligent. He had never accepted anything but would pore over pages of books left near him. The teachers had tried everything to gain his interest but were baffled; the psychologist had been unable to test him, and Dibs had been wary of the paediatrician.
The staff were obviously captivated by Dibs and had agreed to her suggestion of play therapy. She had arranged to observe Dibs in school, to visit his mother and to see Dibs in the play therapy room at the child guidance centre. The day of the observation, Dibs had been uncooperative and had struck out at a boy who had tried to engage with him but, while the children were around the teacher, Dibs had been on the floor not too far away and, when they broke up, he had moved off to examine things in the room, taking a book from the book corner and starting to read it.
When the teacher had asked him about it, he had hurled it away and thrown himself on the floor but had later carried on reading it.
At playtime, he had initially declined to go out but had done so when Miss A did; he had rested along with the other children after playtime and, when the children had joined in group activities, Miss A had invited him to the playroom. He had gone with her, holding her hand tightly. This was a rather gloomy room where Miss A had sat down and Dibs had initially stood still; then he had walked round the room touching everything and naming them to which Miss A had responded.
Half way back to the classroom Miss A had given him the chance to return on his own which he had accepted.
In Chapter 3 she describes her visit to his mother the following day. His mother had said that she did not expect any change in Dibs and had offered him as raw data for study.
She comments that his mother had previously been able to pay her way out of responsibility for Dibs and she was determined that she should not do so this time; his mother had also been more anxious in the first interview than Dibs. In Chapter 4 she recalls that it was several weeks before the consent form arrived while Dibs had carried on as usual.
When he had arrived for the first session, she had taken him to the playroom, which was more attractive than the one at school but with the same equipment. He had started as before walking round, touching and naming objects.
She had asked whether he would like to take his hat and coat off and he had agreed but had done nothing about it.
Eventually he had asked for help to take things off but had dropped them on the floor, so she had put them on a hook. He had gone to the easel, named and put all the colours in order, reading the labels, and had then made a colour wheel, spelling out each colour.
He had got into the sandbox and asked for help to take off his shoes before moving to the table to build a tower of blocks on the table and then start painting. She had given him a five minute warning but at the end he had refused to go and cried as she had put his clothes back on; when she had taken him to his mother, he had had a temper tantrum. He had found some soldiers which he had counted and then buried three of them in the sandbox; he had also discovered the finger paints but had become worried when he had got them on his fingers and had repeatedly asked for his fingers to be wiped clean.
So he had decided that he preferred water colours and with five minutes to go had painted a house for her. In Chapter 6 she recounts how Dibs had checked that she had put the lids on the finger paint pots he had left the previous week. He had taken his outdoor clothes off and hung them up before inspecting various things and telling Miss A to take off her outside shoes. He had then stood and thought what he would do, in the course of which he had tested her by leaving the water running in the sink and then investigating all the cupboards where the supplies were kept.
He had engaged her in fixing various broken toys and had made a road in the sandbox for a truck and three soldiers who do not come back.
He found the sand interesting today. Dibs played with the house and the fighting men for the last time.
In Chapter 7 she recounts that he had asked her why the things he had asked not to be moved have been moved and, when she had gone out to sharpen a pencil whose point he had broken, the observers behind the two-way mirror had recorded that he had dug in the sand, found a soldier and buried him again. When he had asked her to turn on a radiator, she had explained that the boiler was broken and being fixed. He had said that you could find out a lot by just hanging around people and watching what they do.
In Chapter 8 she recounts how his mother had phoned up the next day to ask for an appointment. She had said that she was worried about Dibs — he was coming out of his room more often but looked unhappy.
A psychiatrist had told them that Dibs was a rejected and emotionally deprived child and that she and her husband needed the treatment, something which had nearly wrecked their marriage.
So they had sent him to a private school and filled his playroom with toys. I hate you! He had then played in the sandbox, breaking to look at her notes and telling her to spell out the names of the colours and not abbreviate them.
He had gone on to say that he liked listening to Jake but, since Jake had had a heart attack, he had only been around occasionally. Chapter Thirteen. Chapter Fourteen. Chapter Seventeen.
Chapter Eighteen. Chapter Nineteen. Chapter Eight. Chapter TwentyOne. Chapter TwentyTwo. Chapter TwentyThree. Chapter TwentyFour. Chapter One. Chapter Two. Chapter Three.
Chapter Four. Chapter Five. Chapter Six. Chapter Seven.