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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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    angella 08-08-16
    angella 08-08-16
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    "eye opening!"

    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!!

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    Kathryn S. 07-18-16
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    "Great Case Studies in Childhood Trauma"

    Very comprehensive explanation on the current understanding of childhood trauma through case studies. Highly recommend!

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    Natalie Fayman 06-21-16

    Audiobooks make my daily commute something I look forward to!

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    "Interesting subject matter, eye-opening revelations"

    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

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    Maryanne 06-15-16
    Maryanne 06-15-16
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    "exceptional study of the infant brain"

    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

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    JQ 06-08-16
    JQ 06-08-16 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved this book"

    This was surprisingly interesting and uplifting, I found myself talking to others about the current case he was discussing in the book.

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    Maria D. Homolka 06-05-16
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    "Highly recommend this book"

    Especially for all people who interact with children on a daily basis. Very helpful on the workings of the human brain.

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    Liz 06-04-16
    Liz 06-04-16 Member Since 2007
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    "interesting but slightly dated"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog the most enjoyable?

    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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    Kristana 06-04-16
    Kristana 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent. Thank you"

    I feel grateful to have read this book in my first year as a child and family therapist and school counselor. The author's message is incredibly important and the stories presented both tragic and inspiring.

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    another know it all North Carolina 05-28-16
    another know it all North Carolina 05-28-16 Member Since 2010

    50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.

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    "interesting"

    well told story of brain development and child development. a bit detailed at times this is mostly an interesting story.

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    "Memorable Stories"

    Listened to this book on my commute. The narration was great. Book was engaging and gave me things to consider when supporting children.

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