Dr. Tippy Won’t Do That

19 Jun

 

This is little piece of a case conference I ran at the Rebecca School a couple of weeks ago. These weekly conferences include the team working with the child, the parents, and the entire 120 person staff of the school. The team talks about their program and the rest of the staff and I offer suggestions to make the program better. This clip is me talking about a child who loves the tiny details of a small locking block set, and a particular type of train set, and how he can see the trees but not the forest. I tell the staff to throw out all the tiny detailed stuff in order to invite the child into the world. I also talk about the tiny frustrations that lead to every child, not neurotypical and neurotypical alike, to be able to tolerate frustration and the challenges of the everyday world. Children beginning to understand that they have the inner resources to handle challenges is what leads to children seeing challenges as interesting problems to be solved, as opposed to seeing them as insurmountable frustrations to be controlled by rigidly sticking to set patterns.

3 Responses to “Dr. Tippy Won’t Do That”

  1. Marge August 3, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    I hope you will reply to the NYT Magazine’s cover article this week.

    • Gil Tippy August 4, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      To which cover story are you referring. Tell me, and I will read it.

      Gil

      • Marge August 12, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

        “The Kids Who Beat Autism” Published 7/31 New York Times magazine section. The writer answered few of the online comments/questions on the story in the NYT’s “6th floor” a blog about “eavesdropping on the magazine” on August 5–comments are still open there. At best, her work on the topic is incomplete.

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