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One Child: A teacher's struggle to save a gifted and troubled girl
One Child A teacher's struggle to save a gifted and troubled girl Author:Torey L. Hayden When Sheila, at age 6, injures an even smaller child, she is remanded by the courts to a state hospital. Awaiting a vacancy there, she is enrolled in Torey Hayden's class of retarded and handicapped preadolescents. Over the months, Torey and others realize that this nearly autistic child is in fact exceptionally gifted-one with the IQ of a gen... more »ius. It becomes apparent to them that placement in any sort of institutional setting would be grossly inappropriate to the child's particular case-especially after she is sexually molested by an unjcle, an event that almost undoes all the positive work Torey has carried out with her. Torey and her friends fight in the courts, successfully, to have the ruling reversed and the child is kept in the family setting-without the uncle.
As the book follows the relationship between Torey and Sheila through the rest of the school year, it inevitably arrives at that poignant moment when teacher and pupil must part-the teacher to move away and the pupil to begin to consolidate the gains she has made.
Evoking "Dibs: In Search of Self" and the work of Bruno Bettelheim, here is a book that will make you cry and laugh at the different perceptions of teacher, genius child and her less fortunate peers as life swirls around them. "One Child" marks the auspicious debut of a talented young author/psychologist.« less