Dibs in Search of Self

Review Date: 05/24/2018 Axline, Virginia
Classic
Grades: 10 - 12
Teen
Teen
True account of a brilliant and apparently autistic boy, with emotionally distant and abusive parents, who is successfully treated using play therapy. Nicely done, although somewhat outdated, since a) diagnosis of autism had not been established, b) boy is ‘cured’ quickly over a few months, and c) reinforces the idea popular at the time, that autism was caused by ‘refrigerator parents’. Woman offers another person a cigarette.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
Mother says that boy’s conception was an accident; they had not intended to have any children.
Religion/Hashkafa
Some childish discussion of G-d, church and religion - Christian based but without mention of JC. Mention of St. Francis of Assissi, Saint of the animals.
Language
Word ‘gay’ used to mean ‘happy’.