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One Child (Sheila #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  6,317 ratings  ·  577 reviews
This beautiful and deeply moving tale recounts educational psychologist Torey Hayden's battle to unlock the emotions of a troubled and sexually abused child who, with the help of Hayden, was finally able to overcome her dark past and realise her full potential. Six-year-old Sheila was abandoned by her mother on a highway when she was four. A survivor of horrific abuse, she ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Element Books (first published 1980)
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Farah
Bacalah buku ini disaat kamu gundah.
Saat pacarmu membatalkan janji kencan disaat-saat terakhir, saat ibumu di rumah sedang gencar-gencarnya marah-marah, saat pekerjaan kamu di kantor terasa begitu menekan, saat kamu merasa dunia tak lagi bersahabat dengan kamu.
Baca buku ini, dan kamu akan tahu.

Tahu rasanya bersyukur kamu tidak mengalami kehidupan seperti Sheila, atau anak-anak lainnya di kelas Torey.
Tahu rasanya bersyukur bahwa apa yang kamu hadapi kali ini adalah permasalahan hidup yang sepel
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Laurel
I first read this book when I was about 12 years old, and it helped to spark my interest in psychology. It is a remarkable true story about a severely abused young girl (who also happened to be a genius) and the special ed teacher who was the only one able to reach her and start her on a path of healing and recovery.


From the book's back cover (cut and pasted):

"Sheila was wild, unreachable, abused - and a genius. She was a child lost in a tortured world until a brilliant young teacher reached o
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John McIlveen
Sheila came into Torey Hayden’s class for “special children” at the age of 6 after having tied a 3-year-old child to a tree and critically burned him.

ONE CHILD is Torey Hayden’s story of her attempt to tap the unbelievable capacity of this tortured child.

Parts of this book – the savage sexual molestation – will enrage you. Parts of this book – Sheila’s quiet description of her anger and fears and doubts – will make you cry. And parts of this book – Sheila’s gradual realization of her own poten
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Mandy
This book is about a special ed teacher and her relationship with "one child". The child, Sheila, has been severely abused, left on the interstate by her mother, neglected by her father and is only 6 years old. The story is a true store of how Hayden helped Sheila come out of her shell and trust someone will not abandon her and begin to love again.

I liked the story, however, the teacher/author, Hayden annoyed me. I felt she made herself into a hero, and very few teachers could be like her and en
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Books
The first thing I want to tell you is how much this book made me cry. Buckets full. Maybe even enough to fill an ocean. Ugly cry, even. Unashamed, let-it-all-out, bawling. That’s how much. I’m not even exaggerating. This is significant, because tearjerker movies get me to cry often, but in contrast, only a handful of books have managed to dissolve me into tears. With One Child, I cried often, and I cried long and hard. It’s not only Sheila’s circumstances that made me cry, but also because I was ...more
Ruth Turner
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Msjess
I remember reading this story as a child and being engrossed in it. It's reminiscent of "A child called It" because of its extreme depiction of a child in severe abuse and neglect.

Reading again as an adult and as an educator who works with at risk children I was horrified. The story is a memoir written by a special ed teacher. She clearly wants to be praised and lauded for her amazing breakthrough with Sheila but all I could think was that Sheila needed to be put into foster care. She was clearl
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Bonnie
This is a powerful book written by a special educator. For one of my classes I has to read another one or Torey's experiences "Just Another Kid." Both are based on actual experiences of Torey teaching special education. I really related. She writes in a very raw way so there is inappropriate language spoken by her students. Also, situations of her students are really difficult and hard so be prepared. I felt she wrote in such an honest and straightforward way that she could have been in my class ...more
res
Pengalaman Torey Hayden membimbing dan mendidik Sheila dalam kelas khusus anak-anak berketerbelakangan mental diceritakan dengan baik dan sarat menggugah emosi.

Kasus sheila sendiri cukup pelik - bagaimana mungkin dapat diterima oleh akal sehat bila seorang gadis berusia 6 tahun tega membakar anak lelaki berusia 3 tahun nyaris sampai mati? Dari sisi psikologi tentu ada sesuatu yang 'tidak pada semestinya' sedang berlangsung ! (Bagi peminat buku / novel psikologi jangan lewatkan pula untuk membaca
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Jacquelyn
Great book.
This book follows the progress of a child that was placed in Ms. Hayden's classroom because there was 'no where else to put her' as she waited for an opening at the state hospital.
I felt this book was sincerely written, and very honest. It didn't dance around the subject matter at all. I also felt that Ms. Hayden was writing from a fairly objective perspective. She didn't toot her own horn constantly, nor did she degrade or downplay the roles of others in the process of working with
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ayyitskianaa
ahh. One Child, by Torey Hayden was just plain... FANTASTIC... AMAZING... GREAT... I LOVED the book. It was about a young girl at the age of 5 years old is what I remember. Okay, so she was left on the side of a highway hanging on the gate by her mother, which left her to go live in California with the little girls' only and little brother. Her dad found her and took her back home, where she always gets abused and is taught many things.

So when she goes to school, she has the knowledge of a 5th
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Afina
Buku ini membuka mata dan pikiran saya bahwa sikap yang ditunjukkan oleh masing-masing individu merupakan hasil dari apa yang telah mereka alami dahulunya. Kita tidak diperbolehkan menghakimi tindakan orang lain karena masa lalunya bisa jadi berbeda dengan masa lalu kita.
Tertulis di warta berita lokal, seorang gadis kecil mengikat seorang anak laki-laki di pohon dan merencanakan untuk membakarnya.
Gadis kecil itu bernama Sheila.
Sheila mengalami trauma akan masa lalunya. Ia diperkosa oleh pamannya
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Schnuckiputzi
Jan 27, 2008 Schnuckiputzi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers
Shelves: 2008
Torey Hayden is a teacher of those children society deems "garbage"...autistic, schizophrenic, emotionally damaged, suicidal. This was in the seventies and eighties, before autism became a popular disease. I read One Child, a book I've read before, which the story of Sheila, a six year old so abused and emotionally scarred that she takes a neighborhood child out to the woods and sets fire to him. Because no one else will take her into a normal classroom, Torey gets her. She's emaciated, owns one ...more
Hannah
This book was absorbing and enthralling. It drew me in slowly, introducing Sheila, first, as merely a statistic in a newspaper. Insignificant and unimportant despite the horrendous act which she has committed. This is a good way for us to "meet" this brilliant and joyous little girl because it's how she has been viewed all of her short life. We are told in brutal honesty about Sheila's early life and her upbringing. At 6 she has experiences things a grown adult could barely comprehend but she is ...more
Rafida Djakiman
layak dibaca,gak hanya buat para guru, tapi juga orangtua.buku ini membuktikan bahwa perilaku anak itu terbentuk dari pola asuh di dalam keluarga.ketika anak dibesarkan dengan penolakan dan segala hal negatif lainnya,dia akan menjadi anak yang gak percaya diri,temper tantrum,dan gak percaya dengan orang-orang yang ada di lingkungannya.baca buku ini bikin saya sedih sekaligus bergidik, bagaimana ada seorang anak yang berusia 6 tahun bisa menangis dalam diam, memendam traumanya sedemikian rupa, me ...more
ReaderSP
I have read a few of Torey Hayden's books and I had been meaning to read this one for a long time. A usually with Hayden's books, it follows her experiences working with children with special needs and running a special needs class. The main character in the book is Shelia, a very troubled young girl. Shelia comes to Hayden's class at the age of 7, whilst waiting for a placement in a secure unit, after committing a horrible crime on another child. Shelia is a disruptive mute, whose worse attribu ...more
Icha
Kisah tentang Sheila ini cukup mengenaskan dan mengharukan. Saat membaca kisahnya, saya dapat merasakan sedihnya, sakitnya, saya bahkan merasa menyayangi dia, walaupun dia tidak berada di dekat saya. Dia hanya seorang gadis kecil. Sayangnya , seorang gadis kecil ini pernah mengalami segala hal buruk yang mungkin dialami orang dewasa, mulai dari ditinggalkan orang yang disayangi, ditelantarkan, dijauhi, dihina, bahkan yang paling parah, dia pernah mengalami tindak pelecehan dan penganiayaan seksu ...more
Ursula
One of my most loved books of all time. I read it many times as a teenager and in my 20's until I lost track of my copy. Finally picked up a new copy, and it was like being reunited with an old friend. Torey Hayden's One Child was the first book I ever read about behaviorally challenged children. I loved it so much back then, that I eagerly went off in search of her other titles, and eventually branched out into other teacher-authors (like Mary MacCracken). There are now many titles in this cate ...more
Haniva Az Zahra
dan saya kembali membaca buku ini.


kali ini saya lebih menghayati, lebih berpikir ketika membaca, berusaha menyimpan hal hal baik dalam kenangan, dan memupuk harapan : semoga suatu saat saya bisa seperti Torey yang begitu jujur dan peduli pada anak-anak.

seringkali kita mudah jatuh cinta pada anak kecil lucu wangi dan rupawan, tapi jika sebaliknya? rasanya manusiawi jika enggan. semua pun begitu. pada awalnya. namun, dibalik penampilan fisik yang 'ga banget', selalu ada hal menarik dari anak-anak
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Alyssa
The book One Child by Torey Hayden is truly one of the best books I read! It shows how a child named Sheila can change from being a chaotic and unruly child; to a calm child who can function in society. This book shows that everyone can change no matter who you are even if you are a criminal. With the power of love a child can change just like Sheila. As her teacher and also the author of the book Torey Hayden showed love to Sheila and all the other students in her class. Society portrays Sheila ...more
Tânia Tanocas
É impossível, assobiar para o lado e ignorar que casos destes existem...
Apesar de merecer, só não dei 5* porque, acho que não ficamos totalmente iludidos, de como o futuro da personagem se vai desenrolar...
carolyn
This book is about a young girl, abused in so many ways, and thanks to a wonderful teacher (one who actually cares about the children she works with, versus those who are there for whatever reason). This child overcomes more in her early years of life than what most people do in a life time. My hats off to Torey Hayden; for the love, strength, and hope that she has given to this child..... and to "Sheila" for gaining the trust in someone to show her that people do care and that there are actuall ...more
Amy Louise
This was the first book I have read by Torey Hayden and the first book I have read about child abuse. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or how I would feel about it, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The book was great, it was written beautifully and in good taste. I enjoyed reading this book and will most defiantly being reading the follow up books and other books by Torey Hayden in the future. Very glad I read it. 5/5
Jouja Brown
One of the best books I've ever read in my life. The way Torey told the story is unbelievable. Her patience and love for sheila was beyond what one can imagine. My heart aches every time I think of the abuse Sheila has endured, it makes me sick to think that someone can hurt a child in that way. Other than some disturbing details, the book is a success for Torey, Sheila, Anton, Whitney and all the other students.
Paulius
Inspirational, since I have quite a similar attitude towards the work with special needs kids. After almost two years of working with special needs children, I will have to separate from them. And I feel attached to them, I know that many of them are attached to me. And I have nothing to regret. I don't think my children would regret it either.

Tai buvo eruditų paskaitos, tačiau nė vienas iš jų nepasakė į neviltį puolusiai mokytojai ar išsigandusiam tėvui, kaip padėti vaikui. Stebiuosi, kaip iš
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Marnea
I read this book years ago, on the recommendation of a high school teacher. She recognized something in me that I did not see myself. It was because of this book that I became an elementary school teacher. Even though it has been a very long time since I read this book, there are still scenes in the book that stay in my memory. A very inspiring story.
Laura
This author takes you into her classroom where she teaches children who are on the fringes of society. The way she handles these kids is exquisite, and I love the beautiful, loving atmosphere they create together.
The story of one student, Sheila, is so deeply moving that I find myself thinking about her years after reading the book.
Joanne
Torey Hayden is such an amazing woman. She is a teacher, but not any ordinary teacher, she teaches children with severe mental handicaps and emotional disorders. Torey has a huge heart, and very compassionate and understanding - exactly what the kids she has to look after need, as well as a lot of patience.

She definitely had her work cut out for her. The boys, Peter - who is 8 years old and has a neurological condition that causes severe seizures and increasingly violent behaviour. Max - 6 years
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Isaac Johnson
Life changing, the writing is brilliant, as are the main characters. The subject matter and true story are so awful, however, that I cannot bring myself to recommend it to anyone. Were what happened not so completely vile this would easily get five stars and be at the top of my list.
Debi
This is a selection for our book club. I've never read anything by this author before. She is a Child Psychologist. I have a background in child welfare so I can relate to this story. It is nonfiction.
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Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden (born May 21, 1951 in Livingston, Montana) is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with teaching and counselling children with special needs.
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