The Silenced Child
From Labels, Medications, and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth, and Lifelong Resilience
By Claudia M Gold, By Claudia M. Gold
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
Advance Praise for The Silenced Child
"This poignant book is a paean to patience, carefulness, and attentiveness—rare commodities in a digital age. It is an urgent call to action for a medical world dominated by biology and statistics. In arguing that attachment and healing take time, Claudia Gold creates a manifesto for wiser family relations, demonstrating with elegant simplicity how we can realize more productively the love we already feel for our children."
—Andrew Solomon, author of FAR FROM THE TREE
"Brazelton's To Listen to a Child, and later, his "Touchpoints" books, taught millions of parents, pediatricians and teachers that children's behavior has much to tell us, if only we learn to listen to it. In her important new book, Dr. Gold describes the ways in which children and parents have been silenced and shows us how to rescue the irreplaceable and uniquely human capacity to listen from the misguided efforts to categorize children and automate the art of caring for them."
—Joshua D Sparrow MD Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time, Harvard Medical School
"In the tradition of fellow pediatrician, Donald W. Winnicott, Dr. Gold shows us how the simple act of listening has the therapeutic power to transform her patients’ lives. In a time when our inadequate health care system and the pressures of modern society drive us to look for diagnoses and "magic bullet" pharmaceuticals, this is a clear and refreshing reminder not to let our own anxieties blind us to the importance of tolerating uncertainty, and above all, paying attention to what our children and patients are telling us."
—Andrew J. Gerber MD, PhD Medical Director, the Austen Riggs Center, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center
San Francisco Book Review, 9/22/16
“Readers will be amazed by the inspirational real-life stories that Gold offers throughout these pages, stories in which trying to improve life overall while providing a safe place for open discussion can lead to better outcomes than any drug can offer.”