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Old 07-17-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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I just came back from the local flee market and purchased a Dammit Doll. Yes, a doll designed to be beaten. It will be perfoect for a student who has anger issues. My goal is to have him beat the doll instead of a class mate.
Anyway, the funkie looking rag doll came with a little poem and really need your help to make it school appropriate
The poem goes
When you think you want to climb the walls
And stand right up and shout
Here's a little Dammit Doll
You cannot do without
Just grasp it firmly by it's legs
And find a place to slam it
And as you whack it stuffing out
yell Dammit, Dammit, Dammit


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Be careful. . .
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I would be VERY careful here. While I understand your intention, I think it could be an issue to allow a child to beat on something that resembles a human being (worse yet a baby). I don't mean to seem negative about your idea, but I would hate for you to get into trouble if this student recreates this outlet using a real baby or even a doll at home. It could be seen as promoting violent behavior. Maybe this is a stretch, but I would certainly talk to this child's counselor / therapist and you admin. before allowing this.
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I feel the same way as kshaw. I was a little shocked to read this, to tell you the truth. I've never heard of doing this. I personally would not go there. I don't encourage my kids to 'beat' on anything, personally. It is part of our job to teach our kids alternative ways (other than beating people or things) to cope when angry.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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Your post made me think about a student I taught two years ago that was throwing a fit because he didn't want to line up with the rest of the class to go to lunch. I had to send the class to lunch with another teacher. Meanwhile my student was demanding that he needed his "angry pillow." I had to call his mother and let him talk to her on the phone! She didn't bring the pillow, but she did tell him that he needed to behave.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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I know special ed is different from typical ed, so I don't know if it is acceptable to beat a doll to help with anger issues. As a parent (of typically developing kids) we have taught our girls to scream into a pillow, hit a pillow, when they have physical anger. The idea of the doll seems more in the purview of a psychiatrist/psychologist than school. I guess this has not been too helpful.

Here's a go at the poem:

Your fists are formed, your anger is aflame.
You want to hit someone, make them feel the shame.
Stand right up, and grab this raggy.
Take it out on raggy, til it's limp and saggy.
Til your anger is gone, but your friendships stay.
When you're mad let raggy be the one to pay.


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I never viewed it that way....maybe it is because it resembles a cross between an giraffe and an alien monster but cut in a funkie way....But I see your point....Shelsy your poem is adorable Anyway, something to think about
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