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Sheila: Luka Hati Seorang Gadis Kecil

(Sheila #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  13,400 ratings  ·  1,059 reviews
Sudah ada delapan murid berusia tak lebih dari 10 tahun di kelas itu. Seorang anak pernah dua kali mencoba bunuh diri, seorang anak buta, seorang lagi agresif, dua orang anak menderita autisme, seorang skizofrenia, seorang pernah mengalami penganiayaan fisik dan seksual, sedangkan yang terkahir menderita beragam fobia.

Bila Anda harus mengajar di kelas itu, bersediakah Anda
Paperback, 476 pages
Published June 2003 by Penerbit Qanita (Mizan) (first published January 1st 1980)
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Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
This true story chronicles the experiences of the author, Torey Hayden, a special education teacher at the time, and a very troubled, yet gifted 6-year old girl named Sheila who was placed in her small class of kids with varying degrees of disability. Sheila was put there by the courts as a temporary placement while awaiting an opening in the children’s unit of the state mental hospital - a result of her unprovoked and serious attack on a 3-year old boy. What follows is the journey of discovery ...more
John McIlveen
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a severely abused individual I related to this story. I grew up non trusting and still to this day aged 29 I cannot take. Sheila the beautiful little girl in this story went through hell and back, and worse still was all at such a young age. A teacher, this wonderful Author Torey Hayden too this little girl under her wing, she was blessed with patients and best yet her heart was full of love, love for children, love for job, and she believed in the children she taught and cared for.
In three d
I read this when it first came out and it cemented my desire to be a teacher. I still want to be Torey when I grow up. Also, my copy is long gone and I need to get another and re-read this.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ruth Turner
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

I liked this book. My rating was low but that doesn't mean it's a bad book because it's not. It's just because I've read other of her stories that touched me even more than this one. Overall, I had a great time reading it.

Torey Hayden was one of the authors that made me get into reading and psychology. I love her books and they will always have a special place in my heart. I love reading about how she deals with the kids and adults and also about their problematic lives

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I’ve been a Torey Hayden fan for decades and am delighted to rediscover her books in Kindle version as my eyes focus better on ebooks thanks to cataracts and age. Fixed the cataracts, age not so much. I’ve read her books multiple times over the years. I can’t say they directly influenced my decision to become a child psychologist, but Torey planted seeds of interest in being able to help children improve their ability to cope with psychological challenges.

Hayden has worked as an educator for emo
Review written May 4, 2019

4.6 STARS - Touching and completely captivating about a child's reality

Still can feel and remember how fascinated I always was when reading all of Torey L. Hayden's non-fiction books then 20-25 years ago. Her so very tender stories about those children with special needs, often called "problems children”, she worked with can’t but be heartbreaking good stories. Well and and lovely tastefully written as well.

I loved Sheila’s story the last time I read it (don’t remember
Glen Grunau
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not prone to crying at movies or books but this simple story had me in tears on several occasions.

This story was from a different era. When the child welfare system was ill equipped to deal with child abuse and children known to be suffering from severe neglect were left in horrific conditions. There were not enough social workers, foster homes, or welfare checks to go around. When child trauma and reactive attachment was managed by professionals with authoritative and controlling practice
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade-shelf
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
The Tiger's Child, the sequel to Torey Hayden's "One Child", I felt was not as good as "One Child". I do commend Torey on all the dedication that she has shown this child throughout all of the years, even after they lost contact with eachother for years, the connection still was there and brought them back together. It was good to find out that "Sheila" survived all of the ordeals that was tossed her way and had gotten on with her life. I was disappointed though on the career path that she had c ...more
Feb 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Sherman
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your a parent, teacher, daycare worker, or just around kids, you NEED to read this book! It has such a great message behind it. I love that she wrote from her experience in the classroom with this student! She never give up on her students! She didn't do anything special, just treated/ showed her students love and respect! Best book I've read about teaching!! ...more
Ajit Kumar
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is an excellent book for teachers of special education. A special child may have immense potential within. They need love and care.
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Hulda Rós
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to put down. Took less than 24hrs to read.
lucy  Ü
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely was not an easy read. There's moments where you're like "Okay, things are getting better now..." and then something completely awful happens and you're like "no. no. no. no. no." and you kinda need to close your eyes for a bit.

but emotional disturbance is real and it's plaguing far more children than it should. i always find myself asking "why?" and "how?" as a teacher. Why do people choose to abuse (emotionally, physically, and/or sexually) children? How can we stop this?
Stephanie Dulac
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lori Berrios
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read for anyone who works with troubled children.
Sabrina Bain
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tugged at all my heart string. Loved it
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, non-fiction
I purposefully read this book directly after "The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing" by Bruce Perry, which came out in 2007. Hayden's book was published in 1980, and it was a very different world then in education, especially when it came to children with special needs or histories of abuse, neglect, trauma, or unstable backgrounds. In a world where abused children could be take ...more
Nora Cassandra
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for psychology essay. I read reviews before reading so I was pulled back at first. So My advice just grab the book read it then think for yourself.

It was a good book for a study case. I do admit getting emotional in many parts. I had to stop and take a short break. But as I had to read it really fast I couldn't afford big breaks. Do approach with caution as it is graphic, full of trauma and abuse.

The book was well written and NO I don't think Torey is trying to take any credit
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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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