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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog Audiobook

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

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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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    "One of the best ever"

    This book is one of the best reviews of research and practice in the area of child trauma. Although it's a bit graphic at times, perhaps unnecessarily so, the insights that the authors provide are invaluable. I would say it is the perfect mix between academic and anecdotal. I would recommend it to anyone, so perhaps with a trigger warning for people who are either more sensitive than most, or have their own trauma history.

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    trichampion 03-17-17
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    "well-read and expertly written"

    I think this is an absolute essential book for anyone who is a therapist or plans to be a therapist. regardless of whether you're going to work with children the information here will greatly inform your practice with adults. I found some of the information discussed a bit komplex initially but the book for Pete's certain information and themes throughout which really helps it sink in.

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    Kim the Music Lover USA 02-20-17 Member Since 2015

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    "If you like biographies with a twist"

    This book discussing the ways our human brain works, this doctor takes us into the lives of people who grew up with emptiness, abandonment, abuse etc.. Though this time it is our children seen through the lens of being abandoned, abused and the like.

    These case studies are profound and enlightening. It shows how a childs mind will form around the hardest of situations. His patience and steadfastness is a light for anyone working with these kids.

    It could have gone on and on that is how interesting the book was.

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    Thomas 01-26-17
    Thomas 01-26-17 Member Since 2017

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    "A good look into child behavior"

    To be read by anyone connected at home, church, or at work with children.
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    S. Yates 01-25-17
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    "Sad but interesting"
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    3.5 stars. Well-written book covering some of the more extreme cases of childhood trauma encountered and treated by a psychiatrist. Dr. Perry has worked with Russian orphan adoptees, victims of childhood rape, and child survivors of the Branch Davidians compound in Waco, Texas, among others. He does a good job of using individual cases in a humane and sensitive way, while also offering explanations of brain function and development in layman's terms. Interesting, sad, but still hopeful book.

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    Judy Lea 01-12-17
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    "A must red for Anyone who has children, works with children or makes policies that affects children!"

    Finally, a book that uses compassion, wisdom, humour and evidence-based knowledge to talk about how to help children. I found the accounts of the different mal-treated children and the stories of their treatment to be utterly fascinating and heartwarming. I also loved the information about brain development. The suggestions in the final chapter are so needed, by our entire modern society!

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    Sabrina Vermillion, SD, United States 12-07-16
    Sabrina Vermillion, SD, United States 12-07-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a slow reader in comparison to others who read frequently, I take my time and absorb the story. I focus in on details and I remember those that stand out. I love adventure stories and non fiction.

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    "brilliant"

    this book is enthralling and beautiful. a great read and incredibly educational and well written.

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    "Incredible and insightful"

    I can't believe how much I've learned just from this book. The heartbreaking circumstances these children have endured is unfathomable, but their ability to come back from this is truly astounding. Dr Perry is truly a brilliant man and this book is enjoyably written and narrated. will listen to this one again!

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    Melissa Desko 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow start, but gets better"

    I almost gave up on this one because of how slow the beginning was, but it turned out to be very interesting. However, the title is a bit misleading. The book goes through a number of case studies with a boy "being raised as a dog" only one of them and not even one that a significant amount of time was spent on. I would definitely recommend this to any parent or someone interested in child psychology.

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    "exceptional"

    Very well written and gives glimpse into the world of Trauma work with children. I highly recommend.

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