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One Child by Torey Hayden

13th July 2005

The author of this book is a teacher who teaches children that nobody else will teach. She has written many books about her experiences with her students. In this particular book, she focuses on one 6 year old girl – Sheila – who has been severely abused and abandoned, and is reacting with extreme anger and violence. Hayden works with Sheila over the course of several months and manages to help her deal with the traumas she’s undergone.One Child

This is the type of book that makes me feel guilty for how easy my teaching career has been. I’ve had one student who had some rather severe outbursts, but they were isolated and not the norm. Hayden has had classes full of students with severe needs, and not only survived, but helped her students to thrive. There aren’t very many classes like Hayden’s in existence anymore, due to mainstreaming of special needs students. In spite of the guilt, her books are very inspiring to read.

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