Book Review – What Do You Do With A Child Like This?

Inside the Lives of Troubled Children

By: L. Tobin

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This book was not what I expected it to be.  I was expecting 200 pages of in depth resources for working with troubled youth.  What it turned out to be was about 60 pages of small tidbits of information spaced out over 200 pages.  The title page of the book describes it as “a notebook of thoughts, anecdotes and specialized techniques for teachers, counselors, psychologists, day care workers, and parents who find themselves in the adventure of working with children, especially troubled children.”  It lists teachers first for good cause I believe, because it is about 90% directed at teachers.  Houseparents can glean some useful information from it, but I am not sure it is worth the price of the book.

What I liked most about the book was the anecdotes told through the perspective of the children.  I think it did a very good job of expressing how children in that situation really feel.

If you can check the book out from the library or borrow it from somebody spend the two or three hours it takes to read it.  Otherwise I would spend my money on a book more relevant to houseparents.

The book is published by Whole Person Associates, Duluth, MN.  Copyright 1991, 1998.  It is available in  soft cover and is 204 pages long though it could have easily fit on less than 100 pages. 

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