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Miller, L. (2011). Clinical commentary by Lynda Miller, Head of Learning and Complex Disabilities Service, Tavistock Clinic and consultant child psychotherapist in Enfield CAMHS. J. Child Psychother., 37(1):77-79.

(2011). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37(1):77-79

Clinical commentary by Lynda Miller, Head of Learning and Complex Disabilities Service, Tavistock Clinic and consultant child psychotherapist in Enfield CAMHS

Lynda Miller

As soon as I began to read this very moving clinical session, a book entitled The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (1997) came to my mind. The author of this book, who was editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine and the father of two children, suffered from locked-in syndrome, that is he became completely paralysed and speechless, following a massive stroke. Bauby dictated the entire book by blinking with his left eyelid, letter by letter, using an alphabet in which each letter is placed according to the frequency of its use in the French language – his only means of communication.

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