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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook | [Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz]

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Chandra Bloomington, IN, United States 02-22-13
    Chandra Bloomington, IN, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2014

    I love end of the world and zombie books. I also love a great romance novel,

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    "An interesting look at brain development!"
    If you could sum up The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brain development and the young child.


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    Linda Morrow, GA, United States 02-20-13
    Linda Morrow, GA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Very interesting"

    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.

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    Marco Great Barrington, MA, United States 02-10-13
    Marco Great Barrington, MA, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Best listen yet!"
    Would you listen to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog again? Why?

    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


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    Rebeka Wentzville, MO, United States 10-09-12
    Rebeka Wentzville, MO, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2015

    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!

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    "Incredible insight into instincts!"

    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.

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    Susan 04-20-12
    Susan 04-20-12
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    "Hope for the Abused, a Doctor that cares!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog to be better than the print version?

    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!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog?

    The kindergarten class who became therapists themselves!


    What does Danny Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pretty good reading, clear and concise. I think I slowed down the book to get all of the good stuff.


    If you could give The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I missed the subtitle before I started listening- HOPE is the word that's missing!!


    Any additional comments?

    Not just for students of the brain or social workers- All Policy makers and parents should hear this and learn!!

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    THM05 Burlingame, CA, United States 03-17-12
    THM05 Burlingame, CA, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "humilty, knowledge, and hope"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog to be better than the print version?

    The audio allows the information to be absorbed in a way that is closer to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog?

    The hopeful endings of many of the case studies.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Robin Newark, DE, United States 01-05-12
    Robin Newark, DE, United States 01-05-12
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    Would you listen to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog again? Why?

    Yes, to get some of the things I missed about how the brain works.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in a day-long baking marathon.


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    Richelle 03-03-15
    Richelle 03-03-15
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    "Wonderful!"

    This is an amazing book that everyone working with traumatized children should read or listen to. It is an important work.

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    Amazon Customer Clearfield, Utah, United States 01-12-15
    Amazon Customer Clearfield, Utah, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2012

    I love being able to listen to books any time any place.

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    "eye opening great book"

    eye opening and I look at people differently now when they do not act as everyone else does. great book.

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    letha 01-08-15
    letha 01-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    I really like this book a lot! It is a must have for understanding child trauma! I think every social worker and just anyone who has contact with children should have this book!

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