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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sound of Silence, 5. August 2005
Von Ein Kunde
The three people featured in this book have very disparate needs, yet all are bound by a common thread - silence in varying degrees. Cassandra, 9 was kidnapped by her father when she was 5. Two years after being kidnapped, she was found foraging in garbage cans outside of a small store. She was then returned to her mother, sisters and stepfather. Violent outbursts and erratic behavior led to her being admitted to an in-patient unit. While on the unit, Cassandra's behavior includes lying. She was also described as being able to identify others' weak spots and use them. Her behavior had reached such a critical point on the ward where she was spending much of her time in "lockdown" or seclusion, especially after she accused staff of sexual molestation and harped on molestation themes to another child who had no known history of sexual abuse. Efforts to separate Cassandra from the other child became part of her treatment, as did identifying feelings; naming the real abusers; defining boundaries and setting limits and helping her piece her memories together lead Cassandra to greater progress.
Gerda, 82 suffered from a stroke which affected her ability to speak. When she did speak, it was of her memories of living during the early 20th century; the loss of several siblings and the countryside as she remembered from her peripatetic travels in girlhood. Records from the local census bureau confirm her accounts; Gerda's progress is spurred even further by this additional interest.
Four-year-old Drake also has speech issues. Like Gerda, his condition is purely physical. A congenital vocal cord condition affects his ability to produce words and use his mouth muscles for activities such as blowing bubbles and licking ice cream. A hit in pre-school and described as having no behavioral issues, Drake comes equipped with his ubiquitous toy tiger. After evaluating and observing Drake's progress in preschool, it was decided that he be evaulated at the same hospital where Cassandra is a patient.
Unlike Cassandra, Drake is not described as presenting psychiatric issues and he seems to adapt to his surroundings. On one occasion, he gets to leave the hospital for an afternoon to visit Gerda, whose speech accelerates upon her delight at his visit. Gerda's accounts of her youth are especially touching and reading of this senior's progress alongside of two very young clients makes for a very pleasant bond indeed. Regardless of age, these people all shared the common thread of good humanity and the basic desire to communicate.
In time, Drake's medical condition is revealed, along with it family dynamics and well guarded secrets. In time, more walls are knocked down as Drake's family confronts the truth about his vocal condition. Learning sign language and being discharged from the hospital accelerates his progress and readers can take delight in the gains he and his family have made.
For these three clients, the sound of silence was broken.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sound of Silence, 2. August 2005
Von Ein Kunde
The three people featured in this book have very disparate needs, yet all are bound by a common thread - silence in varying degrees. Cassandra, 9 was kidnapped by her father when she was 5. Two years after being kidnapped, she was found foraging in garbage cans outside of a small store. She was then returned to her mother, sisters and stepfather. Violent outbursts and erratic behavior led to her being admitted to an in-patient unit. While on the unit, Cassandra's behavior includes lying. She was also described as being able to identify others' weak spots and use them. Her behavior had reached such a critical point on the ward where she was spending much of her time in "lockdown" or seclusion, especially after she accused staff of sexual molestation and harped on molestation themes to another child who had no known history of sexual abuse. Efforts to separate Cassandra from the other child became part of her treatment, as did identifying feelings; naming the real abusers; defining boundaries and setting limits and helping her piece her memories together lead Cassandra to greater progress.
Gerda, 82 suffered from a stroke which affected her ability to speak. When she did speak, it was of her memories of living during the early 20th century; the loss of several siblings and the countryside as she remembered from her peripatetic travels in girlhood. Records from the local census bureau confirm her accounts; Gerda's progress is spurred even further by this additional interest.
Four-year-old Drake also has speech issues. Like Gerda, his condition is purely physical. A congenital vocal cord condition affects his ability to produce words and use his mouth muscles for activities such as blowing bubbles and licking ice cream. A hit in pre-school and described as having no behavioral issues, Drake comes equipped with his ubiquitous toy tiger. After evaluating and observing Drake's progress in preschool, it was decided that he be evaulated at the same hospital where Cassandra is a patient.
Unlike Cassandra, Drake is not described as presenting psychiatric issues and he seems to adapt to his surroundings. On one occasion, he gets to leave the hospital for an afternoon to visit Gerda, whose speech accelerates upon her delight at his visit. Gerda's accounts of her youth are especially touching and reading of this senior's progress alongside of two very young clients makes for a very pleasant bond indeed. Regardless of age, these people all shared the common thread of good humanity and the basic desire to communicate.
In time, Drake's medical condition is revealed, along with it family dynamics and well guarded secrets. In time, more walls are knocked down as Drake's family confronts the truth about his vocal condition. Learning sign language and being discharged from the hospital accelerates his progress and readers can take delight in the gains he and his family have made.
For these three clients, the sound of silence was broken.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Sound of Silence, 1. August 2005
Von Ein Kunde
The three people featured in this book have very disparate needs, yet all are bound by a common thread - silence in varying degrees. Cassandra, 9 was kidnapped by her father when she was 5. Two years after being kidnapped, she was found foraging in garbage cans outside of a small store. She was then returned to her mother, sisters and stepfather. Violent outbursts and erratic behavior led to her being admitted to an in-patient unit. While on the unit, Cassandra's behavior includes lying. She was also described as being able to identify others' weak spots and use them. Her behavior had reached such a critical point on the ward where she was spending much of her time in "lockdown" or seclusion, especially after she accused staff of sexual molestation and harped on molestation themes to another child who had no known history of sexual abuse. Efforts to separate Cassandra from the other child became part of her treatment, as did identifying feelings; naming the real abusers; defining boundaries and setting limits and helping her piece her memories together lead Cassandra to greater progress.
Gerda, 82 suffered from a stroke which affected her ability to speak. When she did speak, it was of her memories of living during the early 20th century; the loss of several siblings and the countryside as she remembered from her peripatetic travels in girlhood. Records from the local census bureau confirm her accounts; Gerda's progress is spurred even further by this additional interest.
Four-year-old Drake also has speech issues. Like Gerda, his condition is purely physical. A congenital vocal cord condition affects his ability to produce words and use his mouth muscles for activities such as blowing bubbles and licking ice cream. A hit in pre-school and described as having no behavioral issues, Drake comes equipped with his ubiquitous toy tiger. After evaluating and observing Drake's progress in preschool, it was decided that he be evaulated at the same hospital where Cassandra is a patient.
Unlike Cassandra, Drake is not described as presenting psychiatric issues and he seems to adapt to his surroundings. On one occasion, he gets to leave the hospital for an afternoon to visit Gerda, whose speech accelerates upon her delight at his visit. Gerda's accounts of her youth are especially touching and reading of this senior's progress alongside of two very young clients makes for a very pleasant bond indeed. Regardless of age, these people all shared the common thread of good humanity and the basic desire to communicate.
In time, Drake's medical condition is revealed, along with it family dynamics and well guarded secrets. In time, more walls are knocked down as Drake's family confronts the truth about his vocal condition. Learning sign language and being discharged from the hospital accelerates his progress and readers can take delight in the gains he and his family have made.
For these three clients, the sound of silence was broken.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AN EDUCATION FOR ME, 12. Juli 2007
"I myself think of Gerda often, particularly when I am at home in Montana. Particularly when the chokecherries are in bloom."

Twilight Children was an education for me. Torey Hayden's true story was a page-turner, though I took longer to read it, unfamiliar with the kind of illness though quite different in all three of the patients.
Let's call Casandra, patient #1; whom Ms.Hayden experienced the most challenging time with. Casandra speaks when she wants to. She is a confused and disoriented child whose erratic behavioral patterns transcend upon her after being kidnapped by her father.
#2 patient is Drake, a very adorable and loving child who never speaks to anyone with the exception of his mother. He plays with the other children and is wiling to be around them cooperating and having a joyous time, but he never speaks. What could be wrong there, and is his obnoxious grandfather at the source of the handicap?
The patient #3 is Gerda who is of a different age group. Gerda is eighty and has suffered a stroke. Since then she has not spoken. We imagine that her speechlessness is not because of the stroke, but rather because of the latter part of her life in Philadelphia, where she bottles up her emotions and is left alone, her only companions being her beloved cats. It was very educational for me and I highly recommend this book. Ms. Hayden has also written more books about children struggling with
psychological matters.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 12/07/07)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a lot of insight, 22. Mai 2013
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You learn a lot about therapeutic work and its also thrilling to read. Very good book!
I loved it! Great!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Einfühlsames Buch, 5. Oktober 2011
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Die Geschichte über die verstummten Patienten hat Hayden interssant dargestellt und wieder gezeigt, dass insbesondere in der psychologischen Arbeit zu schnell in Schubladen gedacht und gehandelt wird. Dies versucht Hayden mit ihrer Arbeit zu verhindern oder entgegenzustehen.
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