Dibs: In Search of Self
Dibs in Search of Self is a book by clinical psychologist and author Virginia Axline published in 1964. The book chronicles a series of play therapy sessions over a period of one year with an emotionally crippled boy (Dibs) who comes from a wealthy and highly educated family. Despite signs that he is gifted, his mother, father, and most of his teachers perceive him as having an emotional or cognitive disorder. 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 and utilizes actual session transcripts for dialogue.
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WonderfulUser Review - Suzanne S. - Borders
I love this book, I have read it 3 or 4 times in the 10 years since I first got it. I am always glued to it when I pick it up, even though I already know the ending. Read full review
I read this book initially about 37 years ago and it stuck with me and I never forgot it and didn't know it's significance but did know that there was a significance even at the age of 13 years old. I am just starting to read it again and since have worked with several children with autism as a nurse in the schools and community. I can't wait to start reading it again and see how it affects me almost 37 years later.