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Lesson Plans

RE: Littleton, CO

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joym (joym)
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 22:05:25 -0400

The physical jesture or mimicing of shooting should not be ignored if it is
a repetitive behavior. While many such incidents may be nothing, it is
dangerous to assume anything, and for the child's sake he should be given
the opportunity to explore where this is coming from & why. "Shooting"
with the finger doesn't necessarily mean he is dangerous. But, the need for
power displayed by such behavior may reflect other internal conflicts. From
what I've seen of situations that went on too long, & behaviors that were
dismissed, it is better to address issues (anger, acting out, jestures,
withdrawl etc. etc.) as early as possible. When we get honest & look at
ourselves & the other adults around us, we begin to "see" how often we
discount early warning signs.

Joy Moody, Art Therapist/Clinical Counselor/Basketmaker