Mira Rothenberg pioneered both the clinical distinction and treatment protocol for autistic and severely disturbed children as separate from those for the mentally retarded. Winner of a Woman of the Year award from the New York City Chamber of Commerce and the National Organization for Mentally Ill Children, she eloquently recounts a lifetime of taking on seemingly hopeless cases and bringing these children, through painstaking therapy and love, back into the world. Unflinchingly honest, whether dealing with the raw pain of her patients’ lives or with Rothenberg’s own complex feelings for them, Children with Emerald Eyes explores the landscape of mental illness while never losing sight of the humanity within each patient.
Children with Emerald Eyes
Rothenberg recounts her work as a child psychologist and presents the stories of severely disturbed children, viewed as untreatable by their families and others, who, through painstaking therapy, make substantial progress towards normalcy.
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