The Silent Child: Communication Without Words

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Jeanne Magagna
Karnac Books, 2012 - EDUCATION - 366 pages
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The Silent Child describes a way of understanding and communicating with children who are not speaking, but rather using their bodies and somatic symptoms to express states of mind. Jeanne Magagna has worked for 45 years trying to find ways of helping these children, varying in age and symptoms. Using infant observation methods of understanding primitive states of mind expressed through gestures of eyes, hands, body posture, she has worked in in-patient or out-patient settings with contributors: a group of psychiatrists, psychologists, family and child psychotherapists, physiotherapists, nurses, therapeutic care workers, teachers, parents' groups and work discussion seminar members in out-patient and in-patient settings. In their chapters, the professionals and a parent show how they use their observation, empathy and countertransference experiences to promote understanding in the silent child and his/her parents and siblings.

This book is particularly important for mental health professionals, teachers and parents who are encountering "a child communicating without words". It will assist them in being curious and nurturing rather than paralyzed by the experience of having to think without the child's verbal response.

Contributors: Jeanne Magagna, Nancy L. Bakalar, Melanie Bladen, Sarah Dixon, Alex Dubinsky, Jo Guiney, Bryan Lask, Natalie Le Clézio, Tara Pepper-Goldsmith, Cynthia Rousso, Ankur Sharma, Michelle Scott, Naomi Simon, David Wood, Charlotte Wormald.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER
3
CHAPTER
13
CHAPTER THREE
29
CHAPTER FOUR
49
CHAPTER FIVE
57
CHAPTER
77
CHAPTER SEVEN
91
CHAPTER EIGHT
117
CHAPTER ELEVEN
171
CHAPTER TWELVE
191
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
221
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
243
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
269
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
287
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
313
GLOSSARY
345

CHAPTER NINE
139
CHAPTER
157

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About the author (2012)

Jeanne Magagna earned her postgraduate qualifications as a Child, Adult, and Family Psychotherapist from the Tavistock Clinic in London. She is Head of Psychotherapy Services and a Consultant Psychotherapist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. She also serves as a Consultant Psychotherapist at Ellernmede Centre for Eating Disorders. She is the Joint Coordinator and Vice-President of the Centro Studi Martha Harris Tavistock Model Child Psychotherapy Trainings in Italy. Her work also includes consulting to the organizers and staff group of Family Futures Consortium, an Adoption and Fostering Treatment Centre in London. Her publications are mainly in the area of eating disorders, psychoses, and infant observation. She is the Joint Editor of Psychotherapy with Families and editor of Universals of Psychoanalysis.

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