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painting, or with crayons or whatever, that this often works
quite therapeutically, in a way?
Oh yes. Very expressive and also very therapeutic. And --well,
that's a technique we use a lot. Now, we also use dolls, but not
the white and black dolls. We use families of dolls, very frequently,
so that you get expressions of how the child feels about himself in
the family. Then you can help him to do constructive things in the
family, with the dolls. So we use dolls a lot and art a lot, and
abstract things a lot, like puzzles and things for the children to
solve, so they get a sense of achievement and accomplishment. We use
all kinds of things. There's a large activity sort of thing--
you saw the big worm? We let them crawl through that, and
they let out a lot of steam.
Yes. I notice you also have one room, a child throwing darts.
Yes. Things for expression.
Now, to what degree is helping them learn to concentrate involved
in some of this work?
That's all in how you use it. For instance, if you're working
with darts, you're not aimless about it. There's some plan to it,
you know, you're concentrating on a goal.
Have I read correctly that with some children from very poor
families, in the infancy and toddler time, there's so few toys
in the family that actually this becomes a deprivation as far as
learning goes -- they don't learn to concentrate and do different
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