Beautiful Child: The Story of a Child Trapped in Silence and the Teacher Who Refused to Give Up on Herby Torey L. Hayden
Seven-year-old Venus Fox never spoke, never listened, never even acknowledged the presence of another human being in the room with her. Yet an accidental playground "bump" would release a rage frightening to behold. The school year that followed would prove to be one of the most trying, perplexing, and ultimately rewarding of Torey's career, as she struggled to reach a silent child in obvious pain. It would be a strenuous journey beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and darkened by truly terrible revelations--yet encouraged by sometimes small, sometimes dazzling breakthroughs--as a dedicated teacher remained committed to helping "hopeless" girl, and patiently and lovingly leading her toward the light of a new day. A stunning and poignant account of an extraordinary teacher's determination never to abandon a child in need from the internationally bestselling author of ONE CHILD.
Recounting her experiences with Jadie, a student in her class, a teacher describes how she persuaded Jadie to break her silence and reveal the family secrets that were plaguing her. The true story of a child who refused to speak and the teacher who finally got through to her--uncovering a dark history of child abuse and possible satanic rituals--from the bestselling author of One Child. "A testament to the powers of caring and commitment."--Publishers Weekly.
Just Another Kid: Each Was a Child No One Could Reach... Until One Amazing Teacher Embraced Them Allby Torey L. Hayden
A year with Torey and a batch of special education children.
Murphy's Boy: He Was a Frightened Boy Who Refused to Speak - Until a Teacher's Love Broke Through the Silenceby Torey L. Hayden
He sounded like a lost case right from the beginning. A fifteen year old boy who had not said a word since he was seven. And that wasn't the worst of it. When therapist Torey Hayden accepted this assignment others had long dismissed as futile, she knew she was in for a major challenge. But when she actually confronted Kevin, an institutionalized, retarded boy on the brink of manhood, who hid under tables, who feared highways and door hinges and spirals on notebooks and odd bits of string, who feared water too much to bathe and nakedness too much to change his clothes, she saw that bringing him back would take a miracle. And when the miracle happened, and Torey managed to penetrate Kevin's terrible silence, it was only to discover, lurking beneath a past littered with violence and mental cruelty, a dreadful secret, made all the worse by the bureaucracy that had recorded it, then filed it away.
They were all "just somebody else's kids"-four problem children placed in Torey Hayden's class because nobody knew what else to do with them. They were a motley group of children in great pain: a small boy who echoed other people's words and repeated weather forecasts; a beautiful seven year old girl brain damaged by savage parental beatings; an angry and violent ten year old who had watched his stepmother murder his father; a shy twelve year old who had been cast out of Catholic school when she became pregnant. But they shared one thing in common: a remarkable teacher who would never stop caring-and who would share with them the love and understanding they had never known to help them become a family.
From the Book Jacket: "Torey Hayden has the rare ability to write about love and hate and loyalty in ways which never fail to move the reader. I was deeply touched by The Sunflower Forest. Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People The stunning fiction debut of a writer whose great compassion for youth and extraordinary narrative power have endeared her to readers everywhere. How do you keep it together when you're a normal, well-adjusted teenager in a family gone mad? Seventeen-year-old Lesley doesn't know. Justifiably preoccupied with high school, the prospect of college, and her first serious romance, she must also deal with a mother whose dark and tragic past in Nazi-occupied Europe drives her closer to insanity every day; with a father unwilling to acknowledge his wife's deteriorating mental state; and with a sister too young to know the difference between craziness and health. Torn between an intimate reality that is insane and the worldly pressures of her own coming of age, Lesley must muster all her strength-to stand firm in the face of the cataclysm that will soon come down on all their heads.
This book is a sequel to _One Child_, in which Hayden tells the story of her work with a six-year-old emotionally disturbed child named Sheila. In this book, Hayden chronicles the renewal of her relationship with Sheila, now fourteen and still struggling to come to terms with her past.Hayden and Sheila both must come to terms with their different perceptions of those first five months they spent together as teacher and student.
Torey Hayden tells of her experiences with three kids in her care.
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