By Elisabeth Cleve
This can be a tale from contained in the baby psychologist’s room. Victor is 2 and a part years outdated and has misplaced his mom and more youthful brother in a motor vehicle coincidence. he's “sunny and satisfied” and doesn’t cry. he's a baby in deep crisis.
This publication follows Victor for his fifteen remedy periods, displaying how his therapist pilots the boy via his grief through play and different actions. This therapeutic by way of play remedy is depicted in phrases and images from the point of view of either sufferer and therapist. Bringing either wish and braveness, Elisabeth Cleve exhibits how difficulty remedy can paintings because the first hyperlink to a brand new destiny.
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Instead I meet him half way by showing that I want to be together with him and that I respect all his attempts to master his sadness. I want to assure him that it is all right to babble, be noisy, and jump around, but, by remaining serious myself, I also want to convey to him that there are other ways to deal with grief. Victor makes such a heart-rending impression, so capable and clever, speaking so clearly and knowing so many words. There he is, small enough for me to scoop up in the breadth of my hand, yet he is ﬁghting so ﬁercely for his own and his father’s survival.
Well, horses that are buried with their heads in the sand and their legs in the air can’t move. They can’t do any of the things horses usually do, run, jump or live. ” “Now when you mention what he did, well, I did not, could not, see that before on my own,” says Fredrik. “To see the legs sticking up out of the sand reminds Victor of the horses, even though they’re buried. If you can see the hooves you know the horses are there, albeit under the sand. You don’t forget them. They are there but at the same time they are not there, but perhaps they’re somewhere anyway .
He wants to know about the toys he has never seen before. He asks me about the crocodiles, cannons, trafﬁc signs, sailing ships, and polar bears. Then he runs around in the room till his blond hair is wet with perspiration. He searches the cupboard for as many dolls as possible that represent men. He ﬁnds some: an ordinary man, a king, a prince, a boy troll, a big boy and a small one. He also takes a careful look at the doctor, the stationmaster, the bridegroom, and the policeman. His favourites of all are the two dolls that are made to look like older men.