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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

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

by Bruce Perry, Maia Szalavitz
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ISBN-13: 9780465056538
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 364,117
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 5.18(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a Houston-based non-profit organization which promotes innovations in service, research and education in child maltreatment and childhood trauma. He has served as a consultant to the FBI and is the former Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital, as well as former Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. He lives in Houston, Texas and Alberta, Canada. Maia Szalavitz is an award-winning journalist who specializes in science and health. She is the author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids and Recovery Options: The Complete Guide with Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Preface to the 2017 Edition xv

Introduction xxiii

Chapter 1 Tina's World 1

Chapter 2 For Your Own Good 29

Chapter 3 Stairway to Heaven 59

Chapter 4 Skin Hunger 87

Chapter 5 The Coldest Heart 107

Chapter 6 The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog 137

Chapter 7 Satanic Panic 171

Chapter 8 The Raven 199

Chapter 9 "Mom Is Lying. Mom Is Hurting Me. Please Call the Police." 227

Chapter 10 The Kindness of Children 241

Chapter 11 Healing Communities 259

Chapter 12 A Picture, Not a Label 277

Appendix 293

Chapter Commentaries for the 2017 Edition 305

Study Guide and Comments for Group Leaders 349

Group Leader Comments for Discussion Questions 361

Acknowledgments 385

Notes 389

Index 403

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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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Wildbookreader More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an excellent book. I could hardly put it down. At first I was not sure I was going to like it because the title seemed a bit odd to me. As if the author was trying to get people to read the book just based on shock value. But once I started it, I realized that the author knew what he was talking about and the stories are just remarkable. I would especially recommend this book if you work with children, are interested in psychology at all, or have ever been in contact with someone who has suffered from trauma. There is a lot of good information in this book and I learned a lot, but it was also pure pleasure to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for individuals who work with children with emotional problems or who have been neglected in the past. It is heart warming because most of the children in this book are able to rise above and they lead normal lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the last year I have came to highly respect Dr. Perry's research and work with traumatized children. His work has become a resource for my husband and I, as we have an adopted child who could be the poster child for severe trauma that happens to a child before he/she can can even talk. Not only does his book describe specific cases he has worked with, it also details the specific elements of how severe trauma can literally damage the ability of a developing brain to function as we in our society would describe as 'normal.' A very good read, especially if you work with, know of, or have children who have suffered from severe trauma. In light of recent news events involving the Mormon polygamist group and the children who have been taken from this compound, I particularly appreciate Dr. Perry's honesty regarding the treatment of the children survivors of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco.
zioneast More than 1 year ago
For all the scientific/medical and psychological information in this book, it reads fast! You feel a part of each situation documented by Dr. Perry. A must-read for foster and adoptive parents!
cw8 More than 1 year ago
Have heard Bruce Perry speak and his book is just as powerful and eloquent as he is in person. Imperative read for professionals and easy to understand for the lay person. Every story touches the heart.
nlkowal More than 1 year ago
Excellent foe professionals working with children affected by trauma. Very easy to read, but also backed by research. Highly reccommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have attended trainings on children and trauma, taken classes on child development, etc., and none of those experiences compared to the insight I gained from this book. The subject matter wasn't necessarily new to me, but Perry masterfully wove together his experience working with children impacted by trauma/abuse/neglect, with information on neuropsychology, sociology, evidence-based therapies, and more. If you work with children, if you yourself are a survivor of childhood/adolescent trauma, if you are a parent who wants to understand your child's developmental needs, you should read this book. The client stories will stay with you, as will the knowledge of child development and trauma. Our society would be better off if everyone READS THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read! It should be required reading for anyone who works with children. This book will definitely change how you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone working with at risk youth. It was eye opening.
bookalover89 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A insightful and inspiring case studies on the effect of trauma in children.
allison.sivak on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The author proposes that there is a major connection between how we connect with children through comfort, love, openness, routine, and rhythm and those children's abilities to grow up healthy or to heal from abuse. This resonated with me, strongly. At the same time, he does not suggest that a hardened criminal needs only be treated with kindness in order for that criminal to be able to reintegrate into society. But this book was so much about *hope,* I could not help but love it.
Purplelauralibrarian on LibraryThing 10 months ago
As a recently graduated Qualified Child Care Worker with a keen affinity with children who have special needs I have found this book a truly compelling read, and it has emphasised for me how crucial positive adult relationships are to children, especially in the early years. It's been written with such a positive spin on it, and although it at times moved me to tears, it left me in wonder about how tenacious the human spirit can be, and how important my role as both a parent and as a carer of children is.
Phantasma on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Wonderful and intelligent. This book is an amazing look not only at how the brain is shaped by early interactions (including trauma) but a look at how amazing recovery can be. Perry handles this potential depressing subject wonderfully. Instead of leaving me appalled at the horrors that people commit against children (which I was), it left me feeling amazed at how children can handle and cope with amazing things. I was left, not with disgust, but with hope.
neotradlibrarian on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I put this on my to-read list and then forgot about it. When it resurfaced, I thought it would be like Oliver Sacks The man who mistook his wife for a hat, that is, a look at selected medical oddities that illuminate how we work. Instead it is a look at the latest science in a field that most of us don¿t understand well ¿ how early experience of children can have life long consequences. The good news is that they don¿t have to be crippling consequences. Despite the horrific nature of some of the cases, some of the children made substantial recoveries. The lengthy subtitle gives a true flavor: 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 by Bruce D. Perry. So what is the book about? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Branch Dravidians and their surviving children. How to grow a psychopath. Mainly it is about the human brain: how it develops and why it often doesn¿t, what can be done to restore or obtain undamaged functioning, why childhood matters. Perry is a child psychiatrist (M.D. and Ph.D.) with an interest in neurochemistry and brain development. After conventional training, he comes to realize just how little we know and how much we can learn from those who have been traumatized if we will only listen and observe. I recommend this book to all who deal with children and yes, I know that means just about everyone. This will make my best of the year list.
mermaids on LibraryThing 10 months ago
fascinating look at how trauma affects children and what can be done to help them. wonderful explanation of how the developing brain is affected by trauma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gave me so much to think about. It gave me a better u derstanding of my childhood trauma. The stories were incredible.
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weinstock More than 1 year ago
very good but lacks somethingto make it more fun to read, im not realy sure what it is, im not a writer im a reader, i found it a litle heavy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the way the author correlated the variety of traumas children and youth endure with how their young brains develope, or in many cases stop growing. The nurturing approach utilizing a team of people including the caregivers gives tangible, if not scientific, evidence that often times the damage done as a result of neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse can be altered. I don't say reversed because once a child has endured trauma the damage to brain development is done. Reversing implies an undoing or negating of something and that is not what this book states. Given the right setting with patient and loving people around them, over time nurturing can "restart" brain development; reframe beliefs which restructures thoughts and how we react to trauma. All parents, primary care givers, social workers, and all professionals need to read this book. It does require a minimal knowledge of the brain or it mght be difficult to understand.
promom10 More than 1 year ago
AS a mental health professional, I heard about this book at a conference about trauma. This book was a pleasant surprise. Although Dr. Perry talked about some of the technical aspects of the brain's response to trauma, he did it in a reader-friendly fashion which was a nice review for me and would be suitable for a lay person. His stories were riveting and touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad how he was raised as a dog this i based on a true story my mom says its a goo d book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy read and really opens the eyes to see more clearly through a psychiatrist work. This is a bunch of his case studies and what he discovered that helps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago