Learning to Laugh: A Portrait of Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood.

  title={Learning to Laugh: A Portrait of Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood.},
  author={Travis Wright},
  journal={Harvard Educational Review},
  • Travis Wright
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Art, Psychology
  • Harvard Educational Review
In this portrait, Travis Wright documents young Goddess's capacity for strength in the face of trauma and neglect. Goddess, a sixteen-month-old child who has never laughed, is Wright's first client at his clinical internship during his graduate studies. Drawing on his work with Goddess, her mother, and her teachers, Wright explores the ways in which these many relationships help Goddess learn to laugh. Goddess's story provides a vivid depiction of the consequences of negative experiences in… 

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  • Education
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  • 2019
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  • G. Thomas
  • Education
    Clinical social work journal
  • 2017
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  • M. Gleason
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
  • 2009

The art and science of portraiture

"The writing is beautiful, the ideas persuasive, and the picture it paints of the process of careful observation is one that every writer should read...A rich and wonderful book." - "American Journal

Lynette had two children removed from her custody and placed in adoptive homes prior to giving birth to Goddess

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