With the exception of one incident at the end of the school year triggered by the anxiety of his upcoming move to middle school, he has not had an uncontrollable nor dangerous outburst since last December.
This great progress is mostly due to his pursuit in rapping. He has used the therapeutic space and our relationship to explore his thoughts and feelings through the art form of rap. We find a beat, he improvises, I record it, and then I burn him a CD to take home and share with his family. He has grown very proud of his raps and has been able to tackle subjects through the music that he has great difficulty speaking directly about, such as family death, neighborhood violence, his love for his family, and his love for his school. He even wrote and performed a rap for his class play, an activity he had not been able to be a part of in past years.