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
Virginia Axline (1911-1988) was a pioneer of play therapy for children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Really beautifull story of the treatment of a little boy with the "humanistic" vision in psychology, play therapy. Love it.Published 22 months ago by Karine Gagnon
"Dibs in Search of Self" is the story of a little boy named Dibs and his struggle to open himself up to the world. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by "lilguy8656"
Sorry, but this book just doesn't ring true. A child this severely impaired (read the first two chapters) is not going to be cured in a few months of once-a-week play therapy... Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by bethany
This book doesn't blame anyone's parents for mental illness. I read this book while getting a psych degree in college and it stood out for the real care and empathy the author... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by CDaniels
There was a time Freud was considered an genius; we now know that his theories were grossly inaccurate. Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by Amazon Customer
This was a really insightful book. I agree that Dibs probably did have an autism spectrum disorder. Read morePublished on July 8 2003 by J. Kerrigan
Dibs in Search of Self by Virgina M. Axline is fantastic book about the therapy of a young boy named Dibs. Dibs won't talk or play with the kids in his kindergarden class. Read morePublished on June 27 2003
...of an inaccurate perspective. In terms of writing quality and emotional "pull," this book deserves 5 stars. Read morePublished on May 18 2003 by Bob Purvis
That is exactly what I'm saying. You are a psych student -- look at the DSM-IV criteria for autistic disorder. Read morePublished on May 6 2003