Twilight children : three voices no one heard until a therapist listened / Torey Hayden.
LJ Reviews 2005 March #2
Newly armed with psychology credentials, best-selling author and educator Hayden (The Tiger's Child) became a language specialist at a psychiatric ward. Interwoven here are the stories of three diverse patients: "Cassandra," a dissociative preteen bully, exhibits the greatest psychopathology, whereas "Gerda," an elderly stroke victim, and "Drake," a charming, intelligent preschooler, both have a medical basis for their speech difficulties. The depth and length of the encounters required to unmask the causes of their problems resemble detective work more than the time-sensitive, biologically based psychiatry commonly practiced today. Little unites the stories other than the dignity and complexity of the patients, who have survived tragedy and abuse; the author also provides basic information on elective mutism and related issues in an engaging and understandable way. More insightful than similar first-person recitations of abuse like Richard Pelzer's A Brother's Journey, this book is highly recommended for public libraries and consumer mental health collections.-Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
PW Reviews 2005 February #1
Hayden was working as a special ed teacher and needed a break. With her psychiatric training and specialization in "elective mutism," she was cajoled into working for a hospital-based psychiatric crisis and assessment unit. She begins this book with the story of a girl who was only six when she was abducted by her father; returned to her home two years later, she alternated long stretches of silence with lying and sexual accusations. Hayden was then asked to assess a delightful preschool boy whose voice no one had ever heard except his mother; his belligerent grandfather ordered Hayden to "fix" the boy's problem. Then she was called to observe an elderly woman who'd had a stroke that may have rendered her unable to speak. Gradually, the woman began to recount girlhood memories to Hayden-who thus knew she was still lucid-but would that satisfy the doctors who wanted to send her to a nursing home? Each case unfolds like a detective story, with Hayden piecing together the mystery of the silences from the various clues she gleans. Besides being a delightful raconteur, Hayden is also a very gentle, very sensible therapist. Yes, her patient is dissociating, but that's normal, we all do it-the real question is, "at what point on the continuum does it move from being resourceful and helpful to maladaptive and damaging?" This is a compulsively readable book. Agent, Peter Ginsberg at Curtis, Brown. (Mar. 1) Forecast: Hayden's previous works-One Child; Beautiful Child; etc.-have sold over one million copies. This new book should find a ready audience and could also appeal to smart teens looking for career inspiration. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.