Murphy's Boy

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A viral Book Murphy's Boy published His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy He didn t talk He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs He hadn t been out of the building in the four years since he d come in He was afraid of water and wouldn t take a shower He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes He was nearly 16.Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff oHis name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy He didn t talk He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs He hadn t been out of the building in the four years since he d come in He was afraid of water and wouldn t take a shower He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes He was nearly 16.Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin s adolescent treatment center hired Hayden As Hayden read to him and encouraged him to read, crawling down into his cage of chairs with him, Kevin talked Then he started to draw and paint and showed himself to have a quick wit and a rolling, seething, murderous hatred for his stepfather.. The best Ebook Murphy's Boy Say you were a mental health professional, well-respected, a leader in your field. Well-liked by your peers, your opinion is sought on their cases, and they often ask for your assistance with their trickier clients. Now, say your boss calls you into his office and tells you that you're fired. Not because you can't do your job, not because you're difficult to work with, but because it's 1980s Florida, and Dade County has just passed sweeping anti-gay legislation, and it's been discovered that you and your roommate, Hans, are more than just roommates, and the board of directors at your clinic has decided they don't want a homosexual working for them.This scenario actually happened to the author's colleague. They were working together to help a teenage boy work through some of the horrible, awful things done to him by his own stepfather, with his own mother's consent, and they were making real progress. But suddenly, one of his two lifelines to normalcy is no longer around. He feels abandoned, feels like it's his fault because he's worthless, because who would want to have anything to do with a worthless boy like him? And six months of real progress is down the drain, to say nothing of all the psychiatrist's other patients, abandoned by the one person they can trust, all because some board of directors feels icky about someone's sexuality. Sometimes the world just makes me sick, you know?Believe it or not, a lot of other stuff happens in this book, some of it good, a lot of it bad. Kevin, the "Murphy's Boy" of the title, makes headway and loses ground and gradually comes to terms with the terrible things done to him in his past. And by the end of the book, he's able to live in a group home, go to school, get a job, and have a normal life.I really liked this book. I marked it as 5 stars, but I would probably rate it at 4.5 or 4.75, and only for one thing: for all that Hayden is a licensed psychologist, with years of experience working with children, she can seem a bit naive or oblivious when it comes to dealing with a teenaged boy. Also, Hayden takes pride in the fact that she doesn't subscribe to a specific school of psychological thought, but just kinda goes with the flow, trying things out until something works. The problem with this is that, as she herself says, sometimes progress is made and she doesn't know why. It's like if you were cooking with someone and you let them just throw whatever into the pot, and you don't know what the end result will be; if it turns out great, you have no idea how to duplicate the recipe for next time, and if it goes poorly, you just shrug your shoulders, throw it out and start all over. But these are children's minds and lives she's working with here; there's no room for screwing up, shrugging one's shoulders and starting over.I have no doubt Karen would have loved this book; she would have balked at some of the scarier moments, like when Kevin is describing some of the abuse he and his siblings endured, but she would have cried like me when the big moments of progress happened.

  1. 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.Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and elective mutism now called selective mutism , her specialty.Hayden attended high school in Billings, Montana and graduated in 1969 She then attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.A little time after having written her most famous book One Child, Hayden moved to Wales in 1980 and got married to a Scot called Ken two years later In 1985, she gave birth to her daughter Sheena Hayden is now divorced.She has also written three books of fiction in addition to her non fiction books.

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  1. Say you were a mental health professional, well respected, a leader in your field Well liked by your peers, your opinion is sought on their cases, and they often ask for your assistance with their trickier clients Now, say your boss calls you into his office and tells you that you re fired Not because you can t do your job, not because you re difficult to work with, but because it s 1980s Florida, and Dade County has just passed sweeping anti gay legislation, and it s been discovered that you an [...]


  2. Recently I saw the film adaptation of this book, Trapped in Silence, and it was an amazing film so I decided to read the book to see if it was as good I can gladly say that the book is even better It s much detailed and gripping, really a wonderful story of one woman who makes all the difference in the world to a forgotten kid.


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  4. all hayden books get 4 stars from me bc they changed my life when i was in high school and made me want to be a psychologist to help kids like she did She is not meant to be a young adult writer I think her books are meant for adults, so don t think it s a kiddy book just cuz I read em in high school I don t remember much about the writing they are all written in first person but the TRUE stories about the children who she has worked with are heartbreaking and inspiring Haven t read one of her b [...]


  5. I have been employed in the rehabilitation field since 1983 and have held my current position with the New York State commission for the Blind since 1989 If you were to ask me the author whose writing has had the most impact on my work, I m pretty sure my answer would surprise you It wouldn t be a vocational theorist, though their publications are certainly important It wouldn t be a researcher, though I definitely value what they publish It wouldn t be a blindness expert or one of the many blin [...]


  6. at first i was like really cant describe my feelingen i got mad to this book but then i realized it s reality and reality sucks aku baca ini beberapa bulan setelah baca Ghost girl Jadie pas kelas 2 atau 3 smp and all i can say is this book really ruined my childhood aku masih bisa tahan baca ceritanya Jadie, tapi yang ini aduhh mungkin ini buku pertama yang aku nyesel bacanya bukan karena ga bagus, tapi cape banget bacanyabut, this book capture reality around us kebetulan aku punya cerita tentan [...]


  7. I have mixed feelings about this book but will take it at its merit This is a supposed personal true story told by a therapist Does anyone but me think that it is unethical that this story was told or published Maybe I am silly I disliked the way the author expressed her view in this book She was judgemental and at times rude in her talking about Kevin She says shes helping him, but then talks about him the next moment I felt she lacked compassion, which she was supposed to provide these childre [...]


  8. As always, Torey Hayden s writing rips out my heart and stomps on it, leaving me feeling slightly broken and battered No one writes as beautifully as her about such starkly horrible things, and I have no idea how she manages to do what she does.Murphy s Boy is the story of one of Hayden s unloveable, unredeemable children in this case, a fifteen year old boy whose eight year silence conceals a terrifying rage Her willingness to continually put her own safety and sanity at risk in order to help c [...]


  9. 3.5 starsI like her books, always have Guess they appeal to the teacher part of me But they always make me so sad, too that there are so many kids out there with such trauma in their lives and the system fails them.This one is about Kevin who is almost 16, elective mute, afraid of everything, hides under the tables Once again Torey works her magic.



  10. I wish there was a way to review Ms Hayden s books as a group It would hard to overstate the impact they had on me in my young adult years The stories themselves are mostly not for the faint of heart, and close to horrifying But they serve a golden purpose in teaching people to think outside their own minds, to understand realities other than their own, and hopefully apply a effective filter to the human problems around them Murphy s Boy tells of a young man with horrific challenges and life c [...]


  11. Torey deve affrontare il caso di un ragazzo di sedici anni, che sembra non parlare da quando era molto piccolo e che si sente al sicuro solo sotto un tavolo e circondato da sedie Per Torey, che ha lasciato l insegnamento, forse la sfida pi difficile, per l et del ragazzo e per il suo vissuto da incubo, picchiato dal patrigno e lasciato in istituto dalla madre che ha volontariamente deciso di rinunciare alla patria potest ha preferito un uomo al proprio figlio


  12. I liked that this story was about a child that was older and spanned for a few years as she worked at a clinic and I suppose it s a bit based on how well someone is rather than not just being the end of a school year It was extremely sad and highlighted how bad the system can be sometimes An excellent story


  13. This was a well written account of the author s experience with a 15 year old elective mute during her clinical psychology career in the 1970 s I feel like this story illustrates how far we have come in understanding children s psychology, but it is also a reminder that we need to do and be better advocates for children Haunting.




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  15. Questo un gran bel romanzo Il fatto che me ne debba distaccare un dettaglio la storia di due anni e mezzo di terapia intensiva, proseguita per tentativi, con momenti di stasi e regressione profondamente sconfortanti Ma l autrice non ha mai tentennato ed ha continuato a insistere Ad esserci Perch una storia vera La storia di un bambino ha cui stata imposta un infanzia terrificante, ma che riuscito a trovare il coraggio di vivere.



  16. That book was very intense but also heartwarming as not all cases Miss Hayden works with are easy to solve The book was quite a bit longer than I thought it would be, but I don t regret spending time on it.


  17. I enjoyed this the way I have enjoyed the authors other works Written so similar to fiction, sometimes I forget these are actual patients and people she has worked with.There were many instances I disagreed with the approach that Ms Hayden took in her treatment of Kevin However, I can see why she continued working with him after situations and events that would cause most people to halt any further activities She has the ability to see through her patients students pasts, as is the case of Kevin [...]



  18. Time taken to read 3 daysPublisher AvonPages 324Blurb From His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy He didn t talk He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs He hadn t been out of the building in the four years since he d come in He was afraid of water and wouldn t take a shower He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes He was nearly 16.Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin s adolescent treatment center hired Hayden As Hayden read to him [...]


  19. I ll admit that this book warranted a 5 star, but that s a true score and not because I m a fan of the author, since I haven t reach the level I can be a fan of many authors but my reviews will stay true it it won t deter my honesty on whether I like the book or not Fan status aside I say this because reading some reviews on this one many quoted being a fan hence I believe this book getting the ratings handed out on it.I was perturbed in the beginning by this book I was disturbed not by the desc [...]



  20. Torey Hayden Silent Boy Murphy s Boy 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.Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and elective mutism now called selective mutism , her specialty His name was [...]


  21. Torey Hayden Murphy s Boy SILENT BOY 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.Subjects covered in her books include autism, Tourette syndrome, sexual abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and elective mutism now called selective mutism , her specialty His name was [...]


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