Dibs in Search of Self

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The classic of child therapy. Dibs will not talk. He will not play. He has locked himself in a very special prison. And he is alone. 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.

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The author of this book is an authority on issues relating to play therapy and treatment regimens for emotionally troubled children.
The content is largely suited for those who are interested in occupational therapy and intervention methodologies.
The author of Dibs in search of Self, Virginia Axline, chronicled her interactive experiences with a boy named Dibs who was emotionally disturbed. The child’s abnormal social disposition made it difficult for him to relate with other people and led him to isolate himself. The child’s parents met with Axline and this book highlights the interactions that dibs had with the psychologist,describing real sessions, some complete with dialogue transcripts. During her weekly interactions with dibs, Axline goes on to incorporate aspects of non-directive play therapy as a way of creating a humanistic intervention method. This is a great read for those who are interested in early childhood intervention therapy methods. In addition to being a great case study, the book is also highlights a heart-warming story of a young by struggling with emotional disability and a psychologist who is determined to help him.


  • 1 - Not recommended for reading.
  • 2 - Somewhat engaging, book is just OK.
  • 3 - Pretty engaging, good book.
  • 4 - Engaging, very good book.
  • 5 - Really engaging, excellent book.

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Book Details

Title: Dibs in Search of Self


Length: 224 Pages

Language: English

Publication Date: 1986-06-12

ISBN-10: 0345339258

ISBN-13: 9780345339256

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