Sitting Therapy

A cure for boisterous children

Sitting therapy is one of the less radical therapies come up with by Roger Dearling, a priest of Nereus with a particular interest in the mental health of children.   Mental health treatment has only recently taken off in Serukis, with the first attempts at recognising and curing mental illness happening around fifty years ago. This new field of medicine has focused predominantly on adults. However, five years ago, in 5361 EA, Dearling realised that children may need a different approach following an incident where a young boy was brought to the temple by his worried mother after harming several animals on the family's farm.   Dearling set about devising a number of different therapies he believed would work on children, focusing not only on mental illness in children but also on what he calls 'common childhood behavioural difficulties.' Sitting therapy is aimed at children that are 'uncommonly boisterous' or 'prone to violent outbursts'. Dearling claims it can be effective in children from the age of around four to the age of fifteen.  

Method

The child is sat on a wooden chair once a week for a period of between one and three hours. During this time, they must not move nor get up from the chair. Additional one hour sessions are employed each time the child displays the undesirable behaviour. In younger children or in particularly recalcitrant ones, restraints may be used to enforce sitting still.   Dearling claims that this method will teach to the child the benefits of sitting in calm reflection. The additional sessions are to dissuade the child from certain behaviours, as displaying these will end up with them sitting quietly instead of playing.


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Master TimeBender
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19 Jul, 2021 21:44

Oh this sounds horrible! I think if I were still a kid, I would run away so I'd never have to be restrained to a chair.

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20 Jul, 2021 00:40

When I come back to this article after summer camp, I am definitely going to add a 'controversy' section, because... I'm pretty sure this doesn't work. XD Thank you!

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20 Jul, 2021 01:02

Haha, that would be a good addition! I don't think sitting therapy would work very well either. XD

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
20 Jul, 2021 00:49

We've all seen how well this work in classrooms :p   "Dearling set about devising a number of different therapies he believed would work on children" The way this is written makes me think this guy has never interacted with children before but he came up with those marvellous ideas and he's sure this is going to work XD

21 Jul, 2021 13:49

Hahaha, you might be right about that. XD Thank you!

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Luca Poddighe
20 Jul, 2021 14:03

The therapeutic equivalent of these Mmorpgs causing you to stop playing for a certain amount of time when you do a mistake. The fact they aren't any longer popular clarifies how much appreciation players have for this system. Nice article as usual! Poor kids!

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21 Jul, 2021 13:51

Thank you, Luca. That sounds like the worst idea for a game.

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20 Jul, 2021 22:40

Oh dear, those poor children. Sitting for hours a day without anything to do is *so* effective, I *wonder* why we don’t do it….Great article though, and i think a controversy section would be super cool :)

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21 Jul, 2021 13:51

Thanks! Yes, controversy section definitely incoming after Summer Camp. :)

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E. Christopher Clark
21 Jul, 2021 00:59

Oh, I thought I was going to like this treatment—it seems like the intent is good—and then I'm like "No, no, this seems awful!"   You've done a great job with this so far. Glad to hear from your comment above that you plan to expand into a "Controversy" section. I think that'll really add a lot here.

21 Jul, 2021 13:52

The intention is certainly good, but I don't think there's enough of an understanding of mental illness quite yet in Serukis. Other countries are definitely better at that. Thank you!

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23 Jul, 2021 14:09

I love how you used the act of ‘time out’ as a mental health therapy. I feel like many children would be forced to sit for hours.

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23 Jul, 2021 15:09

Time out turned up to eleven! And yep, I have a feeling you're right. Thanks!

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