Drowning … but waving

Children today

Authored by: Penny McFarlane

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138829725
eBook ISBN: 9781315728537
Adobe ISBN: 9781317543213

10.4324/9781315728537.ch20

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Everyone was highly concerned about Jodie. From the teaching assistant who used every trick in her book to try to engage and sustain her attention, to the headteacher who had held numerous meetings with both parents and support staff, no one could work Jodie out. She did not want to come to school. When asked, she liked school, liked her teacher, didn’t find the work difficult and wasn’t being bullied. She just did not want to be there. Moreover, she was unhappy: palpably, intensely unhappy. She had lost her maternal grandmother during the preceding year, but her distress seemed out of proportion to the natural grief felt by the family. Everyone, including family, seemed mystified.

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