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Twilight Children

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  3,511 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
A startling and poignant memoir of three people's victimisation and abuse -- and their heartbreaking but ultimately successful steps to recovery, with the help of Torey Hayden, an educational psychologist and author of several best-selling books. children who won't speak (versus those who can't speak), usually due to a trauma in their lives. It is Hayden's job to bring the ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published October 15th 2005 by Not Avail (first published March 1st 2005)
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Jun 11, 2007 LARRY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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How can you not love Torey Hayden? My aunt introduced my mother to Torey. My mother introduced me to her. I introduced my partner to her. I have all her books and have enjoyed them all. I just have one last book to read of hers, *The Very Worst Thing*.

Torey is a teacher and a specialist in elective mutism. However, this book is a little different. She is now working a unit in a hospital. Although she works as a therapist, the teacher in her emerges from time
Mónica Silva
Jan 27, 2013 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Torey Hayden retrata mais uma vez a sua experiência profissional no âmbito da psicologia. Porém, neste livro surgem três casos, duas crianças e uma idosa, cada qual com os seus motivos para permanecerem mudos, os quais Torey terá que desvendar.

Cassandra é uma menina que apenas conhece o pior lado da vida, vítima de um passado terrível. As descrições do sofrimento que sofreu durante a infância são brutais e levaram-me a cerrar os dentes com
Lisa Vegan
Nov 03, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Torey Hayden fans, those interested in emotionally disturbed children
I just love Torey Hayden’s books and was delighted to find one I hadn’t know about and therefore hadn’t read.

She’s an exceptional child therapist and teacher and her writing style is so accessible. I zipped through this book because I was loathe to put it down.

I know these kids inside out, partly from my own work and life, partly from reading so many books about them.

I “diagnosed” both kids before the information was revealed in the book but this is one of Hayden’s better books, one of about th
Meital Ben-Daniel
Jul 25, 2016 Meital Ben-Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-abuse
Torey Hayden's books, that I have already read, are extremely sad, but I keep reading one every once in a while. Her strength and total dedication to the children she tries to help are admirable. I like the process of getting to know the children and the continuous way of trying to help with their difficulties never letting go or giving up on the situation at hand.

A quote that stood out for me (page: 302): "... But it's usually easier to tolerate such things if you have support, if you know tha
Jun 17, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stelle
L'ho amato! Sono partita un po' prevenuta perché pensavo da come si presentava la copertina che usasse un linguaggio troppo tecnico nel campo della psicologia invece no! Storia originale, narrazione semplice, scorrevole e coinvolgente. Era il libro che cercavo da tanto tempo.
Unica pecca che gli è costato mezza stellina è stata la scelta che non ho capito di inserire in una trama con già ben due protagonisti che si portano dietro una storia pesante e che quindi avrebbero perfino povuto
May 31, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a special education teacher and child psychologist, this book follows the stories of three patients. Each patient is complex and endearing in their own way. As you read, you not only feel for them but for Torey Hayden as she tries to help them find their way through their issues. It was a wonderful book that I couldn't put down. I couldn't walk away from hearing the story of each of these people. Every time the narrative switched between patients, I found myself both hating the interr ...more
This book is from three different kids point of veiws, Torey now works in a hospital and works with kids there. The three main kids that she works will are so simualy yet so different in so many ways. They all need some kind of help but the only person that can really give it to them is them selfs. I rate this book a 5 because it is aAMAZINg and I t makes me want to do what she does as a living.
Jun 29, 2015 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando la situazione è disperata, niente potrà renderla peggiore, perciò vale sempre la pena di arrischiarsi a fare qualcosa per migliorarla
Charlotte Netzler
Jun 23, 2015 Charlotte Netzler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Min typ av bok när jag inte läser skönlitteratur. Om mitt favoritämne: samtal med barn.
Julia Katic
Nov 20, 2016 Julia Katic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The healing that comes through the detailed assessment, in-depth thought, intensive skill and deep love that is put into every child is astonishing. I have been left uplifted and inspired. The amount of detail in this book is very informative.
Hanna Siikilä
Dec 29, 2016 Hanna Siikilä rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mukaansatempaava kirja, teki mieli lukea yhdeltä istumalta. Kirjoitustyyli oli helposti luettavaa ja lasten tarinat mielenkiintoisia. Tykkään Haydenin kirjoista erityksesti siitä, että niissä kerrotaan kuinka lasten kävi elämässään.
Helen Anderson
Oct 30, 2016 Helen Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Focuses on how to turn things round with children rather than the details of the harm inflicted (thank goodness) , so anyone with a interest in psychology will find this an interesting read.
Jan 09, 2017 Juliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my very first book from this author, and it sure wasn't my last.
Wow, I loved this book from start to finish. What a fine writer Torey Hayden is. You cannot help but feel for the children, you can also feel her irritation and insecurities at times but above all you can tell that she fights for the children that have no voice.

Cassandra had my interest from the get go, what a complex little girl. How heartbreaking her story is. What dedication Torey had, I'm in awe.

Drake, I felt so bad for
Dec 30, 2016 Hayley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
to many characters with very conflicting situations. made the transition between the three very harsh and sudden. As well the third just vanishes with no mention at all, kind of annoying. Not the best one, I would not recommend this book to anyone unfortunately.
Monica Tomasello
Sep 26, 2016 Monica Tomasello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Torey Hayden's work with special needs children makes for fascinating reading. This was the second book I've read. I'm sure there will be a third.
Dundee Library
Sep 05, 2014 Dundee Library rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torey Hayden is a former special education teacher who now works as an educational psychologist. In this book, she chronicles the struggles of three of her patients. Two are children she worked with in a psychiatric hospital and the third is an elderly woman who has suffered a massive stroke. Not only does she show herself to be a great therapist, but her writing style is outstanding. I was drawn into the drama of these patients' lives and circumstances - especially the children's - from the ve ...more
”Hiljaisuuden lapset” oli ensimmäinen lukemani Haydenin kirja, vaikka ne vaikuttavatkin melkoisen suosituilta, sillä olin hyvin ennakkoluuloinen kirjoja kohtaan. Isoin minua mietityttänyt asia oli kuinka todenmukaisina Haydenin kertomaa voidaan pitää, sillä ajalla on tapana kullata muistoja tai ainakin värittää niitä alkuperäisestä totuudesta poikkeaviksi. Aivan helppoja ratkaisuja kirjassa ei esitetty ja ainakin Cassandran tapaus oli hyvin kivulias vuosienkin jälkeen, mutta uskon jotain silotte ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Jeanettedianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this book in the Library today...sounded very intriguing.....

"A light in the darkness for severely troubled children, former special education teacher Torey Hayden faced three of her most extraordinary challenges after she left the classroom

Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans -- a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior, whose hard-won recollections of the nightmare she endured could not be fully t
Nov 11, 2007 Vass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Typical Torey Hayden.

Sometimes she gets a little anvilicious, like when the nine-year-old girl, without prompting, explains *exactly* what each of her feelings represents, and this corresponds perfectly to the foreshadowing in the previous chapter, but that's par for the genre.

And I *like* it. I had a psychotherapist like Cassandra's Dr Brown. And I like that she (Hayden, not Dr Brown) models good therapeutic practice. If she was the way the back cover copy describes her, I'd have read one book
Feb 12, 2009 Erna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author, Hayden, tells her story as a therapist. She has three little patient who have got lingusitic alteration. One is from a wealthy and famous family who can not speak since childbirth. However, the mother wants to protect her kid and try to hide the anomaly. Later, Hayden help the mother, her husband and their kid to start their new life without being fear of his wealthy father.

Another child is a little 8 year olds girl which had experienced traumatic events in her early childhood. Her f
Feb 04, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows three patients that Torey Hayden worked with who for different reasons were unable to speak either completely or intermittently. There is Drake, a charming 4 year old who can't say a single sound, and Gerda an elderly woman who has suffered a stroke and can speak but seems to be refusing to, and there is Cassandra, a bright young girl who has terrible temper tantrums followed by days of refusing to speak. Drake and Cassandra are inpatients in a psychiatric hospital where Torey ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In short, "Twilight Children" follows Torey Hayden and 3 of her patients. I don't know what other people would think when they read the story, but I found it to be very interesting to see the progress Torey made in helping Drake, Cassandra and Greta. Perhaps, this has something to do with being a psychology student,and, in particular, my interest to work with children later on. But yes, I found it rather 'nice' to be able to read about this in a more practical setting, simply than pure theory. C ...more
Emily Moore
Oct 01, 2014 Emily Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a nonfiction piece. It is written by a therapist about three of her patients. Through out the story you see the troublesome backgrounds and experiences these patients have. As you read on you really get to know the author and the patients she had.

In this book, I truly liked how it was set up. I love how Hayden portrayed her patients. My favorite character was Cassandra. She always made you laugh or cringe, sometimes all at once. The characters in this story felt so real, I felt lik
Mar 19, 2009 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torey Haden is a therapist who works with children who have selective mutism. In this book, she tells us about three of the individuals she met during her work: two children and an elderly lady. I really liked reading this book. The stories were moving and interesting, and there was even an element of suspense where I found myself thinking along with Torey to figure out what exactly had happened to these people (especially Drake and Cassandra) and how they might be helped.

As someone with an inte
Aug 12, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
For whatever reasons, this may be my favorite of the Torey Hayden's books. She is so puzzled by the children in this volume--perhaps that makes me feel more on a level with her, since in several of her books I had just a hint of a feeling that she was starring herself in the role of Teacher as Hero. While she certainly deserves the title of Hero, it's just a touch off-putting to read a first person narrative in which the wisest one is always the intuitive, free-wheeling author. I think that may ...more
Leeann Sheriff
I always love Toreys books. The help she gives to Drake, Cassandra and Gerda in this book are great. Drake unable to talk Torey works with a hospital staff to determine what the source of this elective mutism. To find out the mother has lied the whole time in effort of hiding the deformity her son was born with. Cassandra has been severely abused since she was abducted from her dad. So Torey puts her foot down and finds positive way to work the scary things out of that bad place with Her. Gerda ...more
Beth Pearson
Nov 19, 2014 Beth Pearson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really enjoyed this Non-Fiction read, but I'll be the first to say it is not for everyone. First, you have to be interested in the psychology of working with abused children, trying to figure out the puzzle pieces in a way that makes sense and explains their behavior. Second, you need to be able to read some sad, sick things that have happened to children. Not tons, but some. The author/therapist reports things that were said in her therapy sessions with those she was working with. Some parts ...more
Whitney Canales
Dec 22, 2014 Whitney Canales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
i devoured this book in two days. i have read murphy's boy, which was interesting but i had to push myself through it and wouldn't call it a favorite. not so with twilight children. when i read books about child psychology, i would prefer to read about the children, not the personal life of the psychologist, and this one focused on the children. each of the three cases is intriguing and reading this book is like following a mystery. when a chapter ends in the middle of one case, a new chapter be ...more
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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.
Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and electi
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