What traumatized children can teach us about loss, love, and healing.
What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation. Dr. Perry clearly explains what happens to the brain when children are exposed to extreme stress. He reveals his innovative methods for helping to ease their pain, allowing them to become healthy adults. This deeply informed and moving book dramatically demonstrates that only when we understand the science of the mind can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.
©2007 Bruce Duncan Perry and Maia Szalavitz (P)2011 Tantor
"Readable, informative about the workings of language, memory, trust, and choice, and ultimately optimistic---while critical of a society that exudes violence and ignores prevention---this book demands and deserves attention from parents, educators, policymakers, courts, and therapists. Highly recommended." (Library Journal Starred Review)
Enlightening, Interesting, Optimistic
I love the part about the child who was spent his first three years in a Russian orphanage before being adopted by an American couple. He'd had very little interaction with adults while he was in Russia and, because of this, he had many developmental issues and undeveloped language skills.
I was fascinated by the story because of how immature the boy was when the Psychiatrist first met him and how he improved so drastically. This story shows how human interaction helps young brains to develop and how there is so much hope and potential for kids whose brains do not receive the ammunition that they need.
Given the length of the book, it's not something that I could listen to in one sitting, but I absolutely wanted to do so.
I was practically careening forward and hanging onto every last word. I bought this book because it was on sale, but once I started listening to it, I didn't want to stop. I learned so much about child trauma and development, and the whole time, I was completely enthralled. I started listening to the book again only a few days after it ended. There is so much to glean from the stories in the book; if you have or work with kids (as I do) you can take the knowledge of child development learned from this book and apply it to the kids in your life, but even if you don't it is still absolutely incredible. I highly recommend this book.
I love end of the world and zombie books. I also love a great romance novel,
It was interesting, sad, and educational. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I purchased this book. It is basically a collaboration of cases this psychiatrist encountered during his career and how he treated these patients in these difficult situations. I am an RN and I really enjoyed the author's descriptions regarding the development of the human brain based on certain childhood experiences. I felt the author's descriptions on brain development were also described in lay men's terms so that those without a medical background could easily understand what the author was trying to convey. It is a must read for anyone with children or who plan to have children.
It was interesting learning about how environmental factors affected childhood brain development. I am definitely more empathetic when around other children and my approach to children. I find myself wanting to champion children who seem to be struggling with issues. I did find it jarring at times that the author jumped from describing one case into another, then back to the previous case.
I enjoyed reading about how the author was able to help a young boy develop into an average young man using "new" techniques to reverse the trauma that caused changes in brain development after the child was basically abandoned for the first 2 years of life.
Brain development and the young child.
Mother of three, grandmother of two, work full time as a labor and delivery nurse and love to listen to books while I am doing other things.
The authors have some interesting insights into how to help children who have been traumatized and some helpful ideas about how to change our society of today for the better of our children. I wish all new parents could read it.
I will listen to this book again! This was incredibly interesting and informative. I have forund myself talking about this book with anyone who will listen. It was engaging, powerful and full of important information about the impact of trauma and the healing power of relationships
Average stay at home housewife with 3 kiddos trying to learn about new somethings in the world. Only non-fiction! No time wasters for me!
This book should be on the shelf of every parents bookcase. The author has a gifted insight into psychiatry and understanding even the most difficult of children. Now as an adult, I am thankful and relieved to realize, through this book, that my personal fight with anxiety, depression, etc. is most likely due to my traumatic experience as an infant.
Now I can use this to help understand myself and my family better; as well as help other children who have had a difficult start in life because of various trauma.
I'm not an aural learner, so the technical explanations were harder for me to comprehend by listening the first time. Once I caught on to the pattern, I listened several more times to the explanations by the Doctor that followed each story. Either way it's an inspiring book!!
The kindergarten class who became therapists themselves!
Pretty good reading, clear and concise. I think I slowed down the book to get all of the good stuff.
I missed the subtitle before I started listening- HOPE is the word that's missing!!
Not just for students of the brain or social workers- All Policy makers and parents should hear this and learn!!
The audio allows the information to be absorbed in a way that is closer to
The hopeful endings of many of the case studies.
If you are mental health clinician, it's a must read. If you're not, you get to still enjoy the stories and really find empathy and a new perspective on childhood trauma and how such things affect development.
Yes, to get some of the things I missed about how the brain works.
I did listen to it in a day-long baking marathon.
Tell the story
NO I was fooled by the title. The author writes like a high school lecturer. This could have been a great read, but way too much lecturing.
Even given the dry material, I still think a little emotion could have been exuded.
No- it just keeps you waiting for SOMETHING interesting.
Advise: Hire a ghost writer.
Any kind of child abuse is disturbing to me. I read countless books every year on different subjects, all kinds of stories, but I always avoid reading about abuse, especially with children. "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog" is eye opening on how low man can be to take advantage of a child, but yet, it's comforting to know that we have professionals in the medical field to help them. I cannot recommend this book to everyone, just because it's a subject that I dread knowing. It is not because I was abuse when I was a child, but it's just a subject that I've always avoided. I know that there are websites where you can search for sex offenders in your area. I choose to not to search the database and see multiple dots on a map in my neighborhood. It's just creepy to know that there are people out their that hunt on the innocent. In a way, I don't regret at reading this book, but also sadden with the stories that was being told.
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