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'The Fairy Tale of the Jumping Jack Mobile' is the last part of my German article 'Körperzentriertes Gestalten' (‘Praxis Ergotherapie’ ISSN 0932-9692, 13.Jg., Heft 5/2000, S. 322ff; Verlag Modernes Lernen, Dortmund). That article has been republished as chapter one of my German book Keller, Georg (2001). ‘Körperzentriertes Gestalten und Ergotherapie - Unterricht und therapeutische Praxis’ (Dortmund: Verlag modernes Lernen (ISBN 3-8080-0471-1).
Keller, Georg. Winter 2001. 'Body Centered Art Activity - Development of Lexithymic Body Awareness in Occupational Therapy and Professional Training,' The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal (CATAJ), ISSN 0832-2473, Volume 14 Number 2 pp.29-43. Translated by Georg Keller, Daniela Keller and Veronica Hofmann (M.A./Vermont Coll.) from the article written in German and originally published in 'Praxis Ergotherapie'.
Painting like children do. - About the development
of painting in childhood, the characteristics of children’s
drawings and the relevance for art and for the therapy with adult patients.
Colour, sense of color,
painting gesture, visual thinking and their relevance for occupational therapy
with artistic means.
Noteworthy about mandalas. - Origin, meaning and utilization of mandalas in
therapy and education.
A practical therapeutic proceeding on how to develop a personal artistic
production in therapy.
Some practical information about the therapeutic offer of inspiring art copies.
The painting subject ‘On
the way’ in therapy with artistic means.
‘I myself as a tree’. - Trees as
painting subject in therapy with artistic means.
Paper, Papier-mâché and cardboard in education and therapy.
Short introduction in occupational therapy in child ad adolescent psychiatry.
Recommendations for a holistic objective in psychiatric occupational therapy.
Planning of occupational therapy in psychiatry. - Some concrete aspects.
Understanding life more profound by artistic means.
Here now the English translation of the last Part of the first chaper of my German book:
In order to recall their knowledge from anatomy lessons, by drawing each
student could complete a large-sized photocopy representing a half anatomical
skeleton (fig. 1). Directly afterwards they had the opportunity to become aware
of their own bones, joints and muscles by selective gymnastic movements. After
the preceding concentrated drawing of the skeleton many students were able to
find out relations between the visualized image of the skeleton and the own
The large-sized photocopy with the half skeleton to be
In the following lesson altering with Jumping Jack movements, various
balance and equilibrium exercises were tried. In that way the basis was prepared
to listen to the ‘fairy tale of the Jumping Jack mobile’. This fairy
tale written by the author is a metaphor for steps in mental development. 
After that the realization of the Jumping Jack mobile with papier mâché
began. It was important to arrange the hinges so large and visible that the toy
and fairy tale character of the mobile is recognizable at first sight, in order
not to evoke inadequate fearful associations of cut up bodies. The parts of the
Jumping Jack were painted and then hung up with nylon cords on bamboo bars and
after all counterbalanced.
Students beneath their finished Jumping Jack mobile
In a final lesson the finished
Jumping Jack mobile was hung up in the gymnasium (fig. 2). Beneath the silent
gliding mobile the ‘Fairy tale of the Jumping Jack mobile’ was
narrated once more, followed by various gymnastic balance exercises. Also an
antique parabola - given by Titus Livius - was told, that is about the arms and legs, which did
not feed the stomach any longer, because the stomach was said to be lazy all the
time… but finally, when they lost their strength, they recognized, that the
stomach obviously did many important things although his activities were not
visible. In such a manner the Jumping Jack mobile also became a metaphor for
harmonious, balanced, group-dynamic processes between the individual members of
their own class. (Each of the parts of the mobile had been made by two students,
means that the students could identify themselves with the respective part of
the body they had made!) In that way also some fundamentals of the use of tales
and stories in the o.t. treatment of children could be educated. (More
information about that the students will achieve in the subject ‘Psychiatry
with children and juvenile person’.)
Jokes, wordplays, metaphors ans symbols are an important therapeutic means
of hypnosis therapy. Confer:
Erickson, M. H., Rossi, E. L.: Hypnotherapie; Pfeiffer, München, Germany,
1993, page 75f.
 It is given by Titus Livius (59 v. bis 17 n.Chr.) that the Roman senator Menenius Agrippa appeased the insurrectional Plebeian by this parable . - Confer: Carstensen, Richard: Römische Sagen; dtv-Junior, München, Germany, 1978, page 162f.
Jumping Jack Mobile