Thursday, December 15, 2011

Blog Awareness Month: 3eanuts

As a kid, I really loved Peanuts.  I definitely identified with Linus (and yes, I had a security blanket that I kept around way too long).  As an adult, I guess I wasn't totally surprised to find out that Charles Schulz struggled with depression.  The blog 3eanuts plays with the conventions of the strip by posting truncated versions of the comic without its generally uplifting 4th panel. From its authors:

Charles Schulz's Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters' expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all.

The result could be interesting to SLPs not only as a narrative intervention, but also to teach kids about self-talk in a humorous way, perhaps by having them replace the fourth panels with positive outcomes!

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