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)
The book, while a little dated, is respectful of the children whose stories are shared and is careful about how extreme violence and sexual abuse are described. The narrator, on the other hand, destroys the delicacy of this and starts telling violence and sexual abuse of children as if it were a 5:00 news special on "scary bad" mental illness.
excellent book. as a mother who has raised her children this book helps me understand the things I didn't know. I hope to be able to share this information with others and to be able to reach out to young children and teens to help them have positive experiences.
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!!
Audiobooks make my daily commute something I look forward to!
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.
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