The Silent Child: Exploring the World of Children Who Do Not Speak

Paperback | February 19, 2007

byLaurent Danon-BoileauTranslated byKevin Windle

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Language expert and psychologist, Laurent Danon-Boileau, has spent a lifetime trying to release silent children's ability to communicate. This book describes his treatment of six patients, all of whom were able to begin normal schooling after treatment: it is a landmark in the field.Children who speak late are a source of anxiety to parents and evoke conflicting responses from professionals. Professor Danon-Boileau argues that language disorders are too often considered from the perspective of either psychology or neurology and that the key to understanding lies ininvestigating the interactions of developmental, social, and neurobiological factors.The Silent Child allows the reader to meet the children as they are gently guided by the author towards communication, first without language, using toys and games, and then gradually to the ability to talk.

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Language expert and psychologist, Laurent Danon-Boileau, has spent a lifetime trying to release silent children's ability to communicate. This book describes his treatment of six patients, all of whom were able to begin normal schooling after treatment: it is a landmark in the field.Children who speak late are a source of anxiety to pa...

Laurent Danon-Boileau combines the role of Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Paris with professional language therapy. He is a psychoanalyst and associate member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He works with children between four and seven years old who for a variety of reasons cannot or will not...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:February 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214042

ISBN - 13:9780199214044

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1. What Game Are We Playing?2. Fabien: Thinking Without Words3. Kim: Seeking One's Own Language4. Rachid: Word and Gesture5. Benjamin: Reality and Fiction6. Pierre: Thinking With Broken Language7. What is 'Quality' in Language?ConclusionSome Ideas from the Back of My MindBibliographyIndex

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In this absorbing account of the treatment of children who have great difficulty communicating in spoken language, Danon-Boileau, a practising child psychologist, draws on the case studies of six of his own patients. These observations coming from a caring and humane therapist will be of greatuse to those working in the field...as well as to parents of children with speech problems. Publisher's Weekly