Are children and adolescents being silenced and their growth stunted in the age of quick diagnoses and overmedication? In The Silenced Child, Dr. Claudia Gold shows the tremendous power of listening in parent/child and doctor/patient relationships. Through vivid stories, perceptive insights, and new research, she shows the way children grow from these relationships and how being heard actually changes their brains. She helps both parents and caregivers make the time and space for listening.
Praise for Keeping Your Child in Mind:"
A very useful, thoughtful book. It lays out the best thinking of our time to help parents make decisions about nurturing their child's development."
T. Berry Brazelton, MD, professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus Harvard Medical School
About the Author
Claudia Gold, MD practices behavioral pediatrics in Great Barrington, MA. The author of Keeping Your Child In Mind, her articles on behavioral and mental health issues, in print and online, are widely followed. She is a graduate of the scholar's program of the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, and of the UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Power of Listening xi
Part 1 An Endangered Art
1 On (Not) Giving Advice 3
2 Listening Devalued 13
Part 2 Listening in Practice
3 Listening to Babies 31
4 Listening as Prevention 57
5 Time and Space for Listening 73
Part 3 The Silencing of Children
6 The Rush to Label and Medicate 101
7 Prejudice Against Children 129
Part 4 Ways of Listening
8 Listening to the Body: Paths to Healing 143
9 Listening for Loss: Time and Space for Mourning 165
10 Listening with Courage: The Value of Uncertainty 187
About the Author 246