This book is a great read for anyone but especially for those who works in a school or health care setting. It paints a vivid picture of why a child may have issues with behavior, learning, language, etc. I have also found it quite helpful in explaining why early childhood development is as a whole very important!!
This is a worthwhile listen for anyone interested in early child development, and how trauma or neglect can lay the early framework for violent criminal behavior later in life. There were definitely some eye-opening revelations, such as how neglect during infancy can lead to actual physical manifestations such as small head size.
After listening to this book I feel like I have a much better understanding of how some child behavioral problems develop, and also a much less judgmental opinion of the parents who raised these kids.
Unfortunately, the author lost a few points with me during the closing remarks when he basically stated that I am a social failure because I live alone. It is not because I am incapable of forming meaningful social relationships that I choose to live alone. It is because I finally grew tired of being used, manipulated, and lied to by my romantic partners and through diligent self-exploration I realized that I am a worthwhile and deserving person in and of myself, without need of another person to "complete me".
I probably would have given this book a higher rating had it not been for this closing insult, although I do realize that it was unintentional. Have a listen, and form your own opinion
I learned a lot about how the brain developed and the importance of good relationship in the early years of life. Dr Perry is an excellent teacher and keeps the reader engaged
the stories and hopefulness of working with damaged children were very interesting. There were too many ripped from the headlines or culture wars references and since the books is over ten years, it was somewhat dated.
I feel grateful to have read this book in my first year as a child and family therapist and school counselor. The author's message is incredibly important and the stories presented both tragic and inspiring.
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
well told story of brain development and child development. a bit detailed at times this is mostly an interesting story.