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This review is from: Beautiful Child (Hardcover)
Once again Torey Hayden has written an inspiring book that offers hope and encouragement to all who work with children in special education and to those children themselves. She teaches us that children with special needs, particularly those who have been neglected and/or abused, must be allowed time to trust again.As always she deals sensitively, but not sentimentally, with the gradual process of recovery of an abused child.The subject of this book is a little girl, an elective mute, whose experience of life is so abhorrent that recovery of any kind initially seems an impossible goal. However the author's care for her pupil, her determination to succeed, her natural teaching ability and her gut level instinct for the right way to proceed all mean that this goal is, finally, reached. This book, along with others by the same author, should be made compulsory reading for all student teachers.