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Had play therapy today

Posted by Dinah on June 7, 2005, at 20:00:39

We had to make an aquarium. Well, it didn't need to be an aquarium. Just a body of water with fishies inside.

My husband and I stuck to the instructions and more or less did self portraits. While my son was his normal self and drew robots and warriors. :) You should see his church drawings. I didn't know there were so many Droids in the New Testament. lol.

I can't draw worth a darn, so while my husband and son were drawing beautifully, I made a fish out of a yellow deflated balloon and hot pink tissue paper and added sea grass of green, yellow and brown tissue paper.

I think she tried to tie what we had done together, maybe something about my son's part of the drawing being scary. I dubbed it the Sinister Sea in the tradition of Lemony Snicket. But I dunno. The boy just likes to draw battles and robots. Seems pretty normal to me.

Oh, and she commented on how polite we all were with each other. Lots of pleases and thank you's and interest without interference in each others work. She said it wasn't always like that. (Some families must have no discretion at all. I mean, we are usually like that, but we'd be sure to be in a therapy office even if we weren't.)

 

What does your son go to therapy for??

Posted by pinkeye on June 7, 2005, at 20:07:08

Does he have any specific issues? How old is he?

 

Re: Had play therapy today Dinah

Posted by Poet on June 7, 2005, at 20:40:16

In reply to Had play therapy today, posted by Dinah on June 7, 2005, at 20:00:39

Hi Dinah,

I think it's pretty normal to draw robots and battles. Or make pretty fish out of materials at hand. Very artistic family.

I hope play therapy continues to work for your son. I wish I could do play therapy.

Poet

 

Re: Had play therapy today Dinah

Posted by Jazzed on June 7, 2005, at 22:49:05

In reply to Had play therapy today, posted by Dinah on June 7, 2005, at 20:00:39

Sounds like fun Dinah, and don't worry, I'm an artist by trade, and can't draw on demand, I hate it. Loved your line about droids in the NT! Too funny. Our family is polite with each other too. I think it just makes for better relationships to insist on decorum right from the start.

Jazzy

 

Re: What does your son go to therapy for?? pinkeye

Posted by Dinah on June 8, 2005, at 5:19:12

In reply to What does your son go to therapy for??, posted by pinkeye on June 7, 2005, at 20:07:08

He's nine.

He's just learning some coping skills he clearly couldn't learn from us. lol.

He's not anxious, exactly. He is a real adventurer compared to his Dad and I.

He's very very good, and works hard at being good, and doesn't understand why other kids aren't good. He expects a lot of himself. And he tends to be so good for so long that eventually he can't maintain it and he'll have little crying spells when he gets frustrated.

Nothing horribly serious, but we figured learning coping skills now was better than waiting till he was an adult. And he's doing very well with them. We see a lot more expression of emotion on a day to day basis. It's really cute, because he tends to do it with humor.

 

Re: What does your son go to therapy for?? Dinah

Posted by pinkeye on June 8, 2005, at 13:41:07

In reply to Re: What does your son go to therapy for?? pinkeye, posted by Dinah on June 8, 2005, at 5:19:12

Cool. Yeah I also think it is a very good idea to start therapy early on, so he doesn't have to suffer for a long time before discovering what is wrong.

 

Re: Had play therapy today

Posted by pegasus on June 8, 2005, at 17:49:06

In reply to Had play therapy today, posted by Dinah on June 7, 2005, at 20:00:39

Wow, what great parents you are to give him that therapy experience to learn things you can't teach him! I'll have to remember that as my little one grows up.

I agree that robots and warriors is perfectly normal for a boy his age. I don't think they tend to see them as scary, either. In my experience (with relatives and friends), they see them as adventurous and cool! So it's probably about as positive a thing as a 9 yo boy would draw. I mean, they're not usually drawing suns and rainbows.

pegasus

 

Re: Had play therapy today Dinah

Posted by Tamar on June 8, 2005, at 19:03:39

In reply to Had play therapy today, posted by Dinah on June 7, 2005, at 20:00:39


> I didn't know there were so many Droids in the New Testament. lol.

If Paul were a droid it would explain so much!

Your son is really cool. He sounds like a lovely little boy!

Thanks for putting a smile on my face.

Tamar

 

Re: Had play therapy today pegasus

Posted by Dinah on June 9, 2005, at 0:27:21

In reply to Re: Had play therapy today, posted by pegasus on June 8, 2005, at 17:49:06

Yeah, that's how I see it too.

He wrote a fifteen chapter book in second grade last year. The theme was aliens capturing his friends over and over again, and being rescued (the rescuers included my son, naturally).

I always figure that a psychologist could make something of it if they wanted to. But his favorite movies are Star Wars and Spy Kids and his favorite books are Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants, and a Series of Unfortunate Events, and Harry Potter. He's definitely not going to focus on the less exciting things in life.

 

Re: Had play therapy today

Posted by Dinah on June 9, 2005, at 0:29:44

In reply to Re: Had play therapy today Dinah, posted by Tamar on June 8, 2005, at 19:03:39

> If Paul were a droid it would explain so much!
>

:P

I have a feeling I'd really enjoy discussing theology with you.

If you ever want to meet on the Faith Board (or somewhere where free speech is a bit more possible) let me know.

He is a cool kid. I really really like him as a person.

 

Above for Tamar (nm)

Posted by Dinah on June 9, 2005, at 0:30:11

In reply to Re: Had play therapy today, posted by Dinah on June 9, 2005, at 0:29:44

 

Re: Had play therapy today

Posted by Tamar on June 9, 2005, at 17:56:55

In reply to Re: Had play therapy today, posted by Dinah on June 9, 2005, at 0:29:44

> > If Paul were a droid it would explain so much!
> >
>
> :P
>
> I have a feeling I'd really enjoy discussing theology with you.

Yeah, I'd like to discuss theology with you too!

> If you ever want to meet on the Faith Board (or somewhere where free speech is a bit more possible) let me know.

I have to confess I'm a little afraid of the faith board. I'm a nominal christian and a bit of a heretic, and I've formed the impression that the civility guildelines are a bit stricter on the faith board. I'm sure I'd end up blocked if I went there too much! But if there's somewhere else... I'd be up for it!

> He is a cool kid. I really really like him as a person.

That's great! And I can't imagine your son being anything but cool!

 

Re: Had play therapy today Tamar

Posted by Dinah on June 10, 2005, at 19:21:08

In reply to Re: Had play therapy today, posted by Tamar on June 9, 2005, at 17:56:55

lol. That's funny, because I had decided that my ultimate goal was a Masters in Religious Studies. I was imagining the interview, and my telling them just about the exact same words you used to describe yourself.

I believe you're right about the faith board. :(


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