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Dibs in Search of Self: The Renowned, Deeply Moving Story of an Emotionally Lost Child Who Found His Way Back Mass Market Paperback – June 12, 1986
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As a former teacher-turned-editor, who read DIBS many times before even coming to work here at Ballantine, I feel very connected to this book. The author is a leading authority on play therapy and the treatment of emotionally disturbed children. Dibs is one of these lost children. The story takes us through his long journey from being labeled as "mentally defective," to emerging as a gifted and lovable young man. Whether you're a teacher, a parent, a psychologist, or just someone who loves to actually feel what they're reading, DIBS is for you.
--Laura Paczosa, Editorial Assistant
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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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This gradual unfolding of how to allow a small child to come to find himself in the playroom without any interrogation, with complete freedom to be himself and with minimal rules - "our time ends in five minutes Dibs" - is about it. No-one to say, you can't do that, even when he tips water all over the playroom floor or mixes the paints up into a glorious mess, or "you shouldn't want to bury your father," or even "why do you want to bury your father DIbs?"
A beautiful written and observed book about a beautiful 5 year old boy.
About the book, it is a very interesting case in Child Play Therapy, so if you are not looking for Play Therapy theory or filosophy, but actual cases, this is the best one!