How do disturbed children see the world? How can we understand their difficulties? Most children have secret worlds but for some these worlds contain secrets that are both permanent and damaging. Originally published in 1992, this moving account of the secret lives of such vulnerable and disturbed children will enable professionals working with these children to find out what is going on in their minds - what they are thinking, what they are feeling, why they behave as they do. The contributors, all experts in their field at the time, show how vulnerable children can be assessed and how they can be helped most effectively.
Notes on Contributors. Preface Ved P. Varma 1. The Secret Life of the Depressed Child Robin Higgins 2. The Secret Life of the Neurotic Child Robin Higgins 3. The Secret Life of an Excessively Passive Autistic Boy Anne Alvarez 4. The Secret World of Bereaved Children Susan Wallbank 5. The Secret Life of Children Who Have Experienced Emotional Abuse Sheila Melzak 6. The Secret Life of Children Who Have Experienced Physical Aggression and Violence Sheila Melzak 7. The Unbearable Traumatogenic Past: Child Sexual Abuse Gerrilyn Smith 8. The Secret Life of Hyperactive Children Alan Franklin 9. On Relating to Vulnerable Adolescents Anton Obholzer 10. The Art of Communicating with Vulnerable Children Francis Dale. Name Index. Subject Index.