By Casey Watson
Bestselling writer and foster carer Casey Watson tells the surprising and deeply relocating precise tale of a tender lady with serious behavioural problems.
This is the 1st of numerous tales approximately ‘difficult’ teenagers Casey helped in the course of her time as a behaviour supervisor at her neighborhood comprehensive.
Casey has been within the put up for 6 months while thirteen-year-old Imogen joins her type. considered one of six kids Casey is educating, Imogen has selective mutism. She’s a vibrant woman, yet her speech difficulties were making mainstream classes difficult.
Life at house is additionally challenging for Imogen. Her mum walked out on her many years past and she’s by no means acquired on along with her dad’s new female friend. She’s now dwelling along with her grandparents. There’s no actual cause of Imogen’s situation, and her relatives insist she’s by no means had issues like this before.
Everyone thinks Imogen is simply enjoying up – other than the member of employees closest to her, her instructor Casey Watson. it's the deadpan expression she regularly has on her face that's most annoying to Casey. made up our minds there needs to be extra to it, Casey starts off digging and it’s no longer lengthy earlier than she begins to find a really diversified part to Imogen’s character.
A stopover at to her grandparents’ unearths that Imogen is whatever yet silent at domestic. in reality she’s liable to violent outbursts; her aged grandparents are afraid of her.
Eventually Casey’s exertions starts off to repay. After months of silence, Imogen utters her first, terrified, phrases to Casey: ‘I concept she used to be going to burn me.’
Dark, surprising and deeply hectic, Casey starts off to discover the truth of what Imogen has been subjected to for years.
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Extra resources for The Girl Without a Voice: The true story of a terrified child whose silence spoke volumes (Casey's Teaching Memoirs)
Keep your kids as your main focus. Do whatever you can to avoid arguing in front of your kids. 14 Take a pledge—even if it’s one-sided—that you will not badmouth your child’s other parent. That doesn’t mean you have to fake an unrealistic picture of the other parent. It just means that you stick to the facts and leave your judgments behind. Also, do not use your child to be your messenger to convey your financial woes or problems to your ex. Stay civil! Whatever your feelings about your ex, he or she is your child’s parent.
Give yourself and your child time to make that change really happen. Learning new habits usually takes a minimum of twenty-one days of repetition. A big parenting mistake is not sticking to a behavior plan long enough. So whatever change you want, commit to your plan for at least twenty-one days. Even if the problem has been going on for a long time, don’t despair—and never give up. Help is on the way. 33 So you have everything you need to know. It’s time to turn back to the table of contents, find the first challenge you want to take on, turn to that page, and take the first step toward real change.
Take any questions seriously, regardless of how trivial they might seem, and answer each and every query in a matter-of-fact tone. Some kids ask the same question repeatedly as a way to process what they are hearing; others might not ask anything. ” • Reassure them that they are not to blame. ” Be very clear that they were not responsible for Family • • One Parent’s Answer • support to your kids. FAMILY • the separation and that there is nothing they can do to “fix” things. You may have to repeatedly assure your kids that your decision is not about them.