The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook -- What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing
Narrated by: Chris Kipiniak
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A renowned psychiatrist reveals how trauma affects children - and outlines the path to recovery.

"Fascinating and upbeat.... Dr. Perry is both a world-class creative scientist and a compassionate therapist." (Mary Pipher, PhD, author of Reviving Ophelia)

How does trauma affect a child's mind - and how can that mind recover? In the classic The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry explains what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope. Only when we understand the science of the mind and the power of love and nurturing can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.

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©2006, 2017 Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Filled with compassionate, caring stories by a wise healer and scientist, this book will appeal to all who are interested in understanding how children heal." (Lynn Ponton, MD, author of The Romance of Risk)

"In this harrowing but profoundly humane book, Perry and Szalavitz provide an all too timely, utterly engrossing account of traumatized children's lives.... Once I opened it, I could not put it down." (Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, author of Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species)

"In beautifully written, fascinating accounts of experience working with emotionally stunted and traumatized children, child psychiatrist Perry educates readers about how early-life stress and violence affects the developing brain. He offers simple yet vivid illustrations of the stress response and the brain's mechanisms with facts and images that crystallize in the mind without being too detailed and confusing." (Publishers Weekly)

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Helped me with my most difficult students.

This book IS the answer to what the students with the hardest behaviors need. This and Help for Billy

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Nice to see some good come to those abused/neglect

I enjoyed this book as a graduate student in clinical mental health. I like to use the same approach and it's nice to see that others do too and found good results. It also reminded me that with trauma victims it's best to allow them a choice in their recovery.
I do warn those with past abuse that this book contains some triggers and to be cognizant of them when reading this book as it contains some details on sexual abuse/assault and neglect. The descriptions are necessary in order to understand the treatment process.

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Every school counselor should read

This book was amazing. As a school counselor, we are seeing more and more children come into the school system with trauma and we are trying to teach them the academics required in schools but can't move past the behaviors they are displaying. Teachers are not equipped to help them with the trauma and are only being pushed by the administration to have these students show progress in their testing scores. I know that our school system will be looking into trauma-informed training, and I for one can not wait for that day. I am going to approach the administration to look at the NME and hope they consider this approach to help us help our students.

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follow up

Great study, lots of insight and a good resource. I will be sharing as well .
persuing training.

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The book was not what I thought I was going to be

The book was a bit drawn out. It did not catch my attention at all. I am big into mental health and learning about it especially in children so I thought that’s what intrigue me a little. Narrator is good and have some good points it’s just not what I thought it was going to be. Hello disappointed I use my credit I’m at the café

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Excellent, very informative

Excellent, very informative but not justva bunch of info. It is presented in a very interesting way. I will definitely be listening to this multiple times. 2 thumbs up 👍

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Fantastic resource

This should be required reading for anyone who works with children, especially those from hard places such as foster parents, CPS workers and teachers.

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Amazing, insightful and very very useful

This book is eye opening, insightful and super useful for anyone working with our supporting children or youth.

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Loved it!

Get on going back. Important lessons fo all of us to strengthen the fabric of society.

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Just amazing.

loved it. The stories are tragic sometimes but these are success stories. psychology & trauma working with kids. I would give it 10 stats if I could.

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  • EDorey
  • 01-14-19

Amazing

This is an amazing book. Anyone who works with children must read this book wow!

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  • Claire Williams
  • 06-04-19

Fascinating, powerful and moving

With doctors like him the traumatised children of the world have so much more hope.
The stories of trauma or neglect are truly dreadful and you'd be inhumane not to be appalled and upset by the light of the children. However the way that Dr Perry explains how the trauma/neglect that each child suffers then shapes the brain and how it can later be remedied is fascinating.
Highly recommended read for those interested in this area.

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  • BARRY SILVERSTEIN
  • 05-01-19

A real eye opener.

I have no background in psychology but the series of cases and narrative drive home the intended message of how important early years are in forming the personality traits of all of us. Also, the dedication and focus that some brilliant people have to make life better for others that need it most.

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  • Filiz
  • 03-16-19

just wow

get ready to be blown away with this incredible book with very clear information about human physiology

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  • Linda Plowden
  • 06-20-20

amazing book

this book is incredible the çases and the connections to the brain blee my mind

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  • MrsE M Thompson
  • 01-08-20

Not just a study text book.

I found this book unputdownable. Engaging, enlightening and helps you to understand humans a little more, as well as yourself. Have recommended it to everyone I know working with children, thinking of having children, that have children, know peopo with children.

A must read for humans, in short.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-19

brilliant

excellent work and a fantastic insight into child psychiatry. the more we understand the more we can do .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-22-19

Amazing

An amazing book using case studies to explore the importance of quality attachment relationships and the devastating effects of the lack of them.

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  • C Beast
  • 09-04-19

Outstanding

Just the most amazing book. Second time reading it and it just gets better. Dr Perry is a phenomenal human being and I thank him for sharing his memoirs with so many of us.

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  • MISS SJ FISHER
  • 08-25-19

journey of awareness and understanding...

Healing I've craved to overcome childhood trauma, invaluable educational tools want to be a healthy Grandparent...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-19

Revolutionary in the field

One of the first examples of trauma-informed and attachment-based care and therapy when it first came out. The author does not flinch away from his past mistakes while he was a new therapist and this let's us learn from his mistakes so we don't make the same. So many professionals I know from work (as a relationship therapist, mental health caseworker, child protection consultant, etc) don't know and don't follow these foundational principles.
This is a must for professionals in the field of therapy and child protection. I think it should be a mandatory reading in university degrees.

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  • natalie_thring@hotmail.com
  • 06-21-19

Well balanced book of case studies and theory

A well written book on child trauma and therapeutic models of healing.

I am interested in child Psychology with a view to studying it at University. After listening to this book, I am convinced that I want to work with children that have had a traumatic childhood or one of neglect.

I myself was exposed to trauma from a young age and the book also helped me to understand why I react or behave in certain ways based on this trauma.

It is a great balance of case studies and theory that is easy to understand if you are not a health professional.

Really worth a listen.

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  • Dianne Corston
  • 07-14-20

Challenging and so enlightening!

All educators, health professionals, prison system staff and others should listen to this! We need to know this stuff.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-20

Amazing

A must read for parents on the adoption or fostering journey! The science behind the psychological concepts and findings are explained in simple language and with confronting but engaging stories of maltreatment and abuse. Fascinating and extremely helpful in understanding the mind of those affected by trauma.

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  • Christine Elliott
  • 06-21-20

Brilliant and heartbreaking

a definite must read for anyone wanting to become a parent or foster parent. brill

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  • Melanie Maher
  • 06-19-20

Don't let the title put you off! Read this book

Three people recommended this book to me -- a foster care trainer, my psychologist, and a client of mine.
At first, I avoided the book, 'The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog' concerned it may be more upsetting than valuable.

I'm so glad I read it.

This book changed the way I understand children I look after.
This book changed how I can respond to their needs.
This book changed the way I understand myself.
This book changed my level of compassion for people.
This book changed how I advocate, spend, time, vote, think, communicate....

Please read this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-20

One of the best books I have ever listened to

Having read and or listened to many popular psychology books, this one would have to be one of the best. It is very well written a clear and readily understandable way but also does not compromise on the quality of content. The author seamlessly uses real examples to demonstrate concepts and theory that is progressively developed through the chapters. An excellent book that I’m sure to listen to again and will recommend to others.

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  • Jess
  • 04-22-20

Great insight

this book was difficult to hear at points, but as a prospective foster carer it was a great insight into the enormity and importance of the job ahead.

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  • Mimi
  • 04-22-20

Incredible

Extremely educational, definitely recommend if you would like to educate yourself with child & adult behaviours. Beautifully narrated. Throughly enjoyed listening.

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  • katrina
  • 04-18-20

Mind Blown.

Cannot begin to explain the effect this book had on me. I found myself pausing it often to research his methods and approaches. Many friends and family have heard me discuss or fact drop info on them from this book. I have since discovered my local centre who trains in the approaches and methods used, and it's changed how I think when dealing with a difficult person.