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)
Yes, because it is important for us to realize how these things happen and as I said, it leaves you with much food for thought...
I'm a senior but I've just started reading by using audio books so as fast as I can listen I haven't read enough books to compare yet...
There were several as there were many stories in the book. However, the end of the book is something I wish everyone could read and take to heart.
I totally enjoyed this book. It's not a happy story but people tend to say things like, what were they thinking, and this book helps you to understand where they are coming from and why they may have responded the way they did.
I enjoyed listening to the book. However, I am sure that Dr. Perry had many more stories he could tell. He spent way too much time in the detail. After a time, each story became bogged down with miniscule details.
Yes. I might purchase another book only if Dr. Perry would cover more stories and get out of the detail.
I am not sure that I had a favorite scene. I did enjoy listenting to the doctor step back and admit that there were times when he didn't know what to do. I especially liked the story about the teenage who would cut herself and go into 'another' world to escape the sexual abuse perpetrated by her mother's boyfriend.
No. It was interesting, but could've been so much better.
I can't say that I was caught putting off my life in order to hear the end of a chapter each day or anything, but if you enjoy reading about psychology, the human mind, and it's responses to trauma, this was very interesting. It includes chapters regarding the children who escaped the Branch Dividians and how they overcame being brainwashed and how they were able to readjust to "normal" life, as well as several other interesting stories. There isn't a hint of condescension in the authors tone, nor does he engage in overly clinical phraseology, or describe the subjects from a removed, medicalized perspective. He seems to truly care about all of the patients he describes, and his passion for his work comes through clearly. I don't know that I would listen to this more than once, but it was definitely worth a first listen.
Possibly, if I needed a refresher on treatment of childhood ptsd. This was very interesting and enlightening. The narrator had a soothing voice and discussed the cases in a calm manner without making it too 'clinical'. I left the book with a lot of things to think about.
Most of the cases discussed were horrifying but the treatment and follow-up gives hope that there is hope for traumatized children with the right care and attention without hiding the failures or future issues of the patients. There are no happy endings, but there is hope for kids that get the help they need.
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!!
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