The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing

 
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A world-renowned child psychiatrist takes us inside his pioneering work with trauma victims to offer a groundbreaking new perspective on how stress and violence affect children's brains--and how they can be helped to heal.

Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses, children raised in closets and cages, and victims of family violence. Here he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

Customer Reviews:

  • Every parent should read this book
    Anyone working with traumatized and abused children will gain insight and knowledge in parenting in a positive way. Dr Bruce Perry is a pioneer in the child psychiatry field of the link between early childhood nurturing (or lack of) experiences and brain development. As a foster parent I found this book extremely informative and helpful, and would recommend it to all who care for children....more info
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as aDog
    Bruce Perry, author of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, is truly an emotionally intelligent man! In his book he shows the depth of his empathy and invaluable connection with traumatised children.

    Perry combines his knowledge of how the brain works with an intrinsic heart felt warmth. When finding which link was not connected in the brain of a very young traumatised baby/child, he draws on the strengths of genuine community love to nutritiously feed the heart, brain and soul of that child.

    His holistic approach is a refreshing change from stories of medical intervention which address the physical need of the body only.
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  • Excellent book
    Dr. Perry did the first presentation I ever heard related to the effects of trauma on children. I work with foster parents who are licensed through a Juvenile Court. This book is a great summary of Dr. Perry's experience with traumatized children since the beginning of his career. He presents a great perspective on how the brain processes trauma and how behaviors manifest as coping skills. One of my foster parents has also read the book. She commented that your brain has to be in the learning mode when you read it but that it has helped her better understand some of the children she has had in her care....more info
  • Brilliant and heartening
    Assisted by a talented science writer, child psychiatrist Bruce Perry presents a series of heartbreaking stories of children severely damaged by trauma. But that's only one side of this remarkable book. The other side is how many of these profoundly damaged children were assisted to heal.

    Perry explains his "neurosequential" approach that sequentially targets brain regions left undeveloped by abuse or neglect. He presents compelling cases to illustrate how the child's age at the time of the abuse or neglect will determine the gaps in neurological development and how his interventions sequentially target those developmental gaps. For children whose brains were stalled out in infancy, for example, therapy may start with healing touch or rhythm before moving on to higher brain activities.

    The focus, always, is on the child's humanity. Perry explains the importance of listening and letting the child set the pace. He warns of the damage caused by well-intentioned but poorly trained therapists who push children to open up, or who administer punitive interventions in the guise of treatment. Healing is not about a specific technique administered in cookbook fashion but, rather, about love, and restoring shattered human connections.

    This is an enlightening and heartening book and a real page-turner to boot. The neurological underpinnings of the trauma theory are presented in clear English accessible to anyone who can read. If you're a mental health professional, psychologist, or psychiatrist, you'll love this book. If you're a parent or a teacher, it's also for you. Whoever you are, it's for you. I guarantee you will be engaged and inspired....more info
  • Moving and insightful
    I am a therapist who works with families and children who have suffered trauma. I found this book to be incredibly moving, inspiring and insightful. I particularly recommend this book to parents who are thinking about adopting an older child (non-infant), and professionals who work with traumatized children. While some of these types of books are downers, and there certainly are some sad stories involved, this book is really about hope. Dr. Perry outlines what these children need to do well, what parents and professionals can do to help, and where they often fall short. He really helps us understand exactly how trauma affects children and how it stunts or delays their emotional development. Again, these children have hope. They are not doomed to become criminals and abusers. We need to start listening to people like Bruce Perry if we want to help them heal while they still have a chance. ...more info
  • A must read
    This is an insightful book for anyone working with youth. You do not need to be a mental health therapist to benefit from the contents as there are so many traumatized kids out there they are everywhere. Anyone working with kids has one in their reach.

    It is amazing how children are written off as not impacted by traumatic events. What are we thinking?? Guess it is easier on us adults to believe this fallacy.

    Read the book. You will be upset, but not sorry you took the time. You will look at children with a new perspective....more info
  • excellent book
    I was very impressed with this book. We are raising an adopted boy from Romania, and have had some considerable challenges along the way. This book illuminates the crucial understanding of how we get lost in power struggles, as our own personal issues get projected onto our son, due to his underlying stress. This book has greatly helped us in understanding his inner world. This has changed our relationship in a number of positive ways. I highly recommend this book....more info
  • Well written, easy to understand
    I work in the child abuse field and I also adopted a traumatized child. This book provides honest and practical information about working with and living with a child who has been traumatized. The author maintained a sense of humor and encourages this in anyone reading the book. Some of the stories were incredibly sad. Many were filled with terror and loss of hope. However, in almost every situation, he was able to find hope for the child where none had been before.
    I have shared this book with others at my place of work. The overwhelming review has been the same from all. Well done, must read for anyone in the field or thinking of becoming a foster parent or adoptive parent for a severely traumatized child....more info
  • Better than I expected
    I bought this book because I was looking for a new story from the psychology section, something like The Quiet Room or When Rabbit Howls. This book was nothing like them.

    This uses intense stories as examples for psychological explanations of human behavior. For example, the first chapter was about a girl who was sexually abused and why that abuse resulted in her current behavioral problems based on brain development, learned responses, and social background. The stories are deeply moving, but there's more emphasis on the explanations of why the children turned out they way they have rather than what they are going through.

    As a psychology major who is fascinated by behaviorism, I couldn't put this book down, reading hours past when I should have gone to bed. This book is not a light novel based on true stories, it's an intense look at the human mind and what can go wrong with children due to neglect and abuse. This book far exceeded any expectations I had for it, and the next book I read will surely be disappointing since I now have such an impossibly high standard.

    This book is not recommended for people who are squeamish hearing about abusive stories or people who are just looking for first person stories of psychological problems because everything is written from a psychiatrists viewpoint.

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  • Understanding young minds
    This book is quite informative about children exposed to or the subject of trauma and abuse and how it affects their brains and their behavior. It is written so the lay person can understand what the author is conveying. It has been compelling reading for me. It makes one very mindful of the importance of protecting children from seeing or experiencing violence, abuse, and/or trauma. ...more info
  • great learning tool
    I have read dozens of books on how to help children over the years, and I feel this is one of the best. It not only was very informative, it was a easy read. Each chapter kept me spellbound, because it read like a story. I made sure I underlined all the important parts as I read, and wrote a little summary at the end of each chapter so I would never forget the information. Their was lots of information on the effects of childhood trauma, and how to help these children cope. I would have this as a must read for all people who work with young children. The book helps adults to keep an open mind about childrens behavior and recieve insightful tips on why some children exhibit unusual behavior. I am looking forward to other books by this author. He is a very talented doctor and author....more info
  • Better than I expected
    I bought this book because I was looking for a new story from the psychology section, something like The Quiet Room or When Rabbit Howls. This book was nothing like them.

    This uses intense stories as examples for psychological explanations of human behavior. For example, the first chapter was about a girl who was sexually abused and why that abuse resulted in her current behavioral problems based on brain development, learned responses, and social background. The stories are deeply moving, but there's more emphasis on the explanations of why the children turned out they way they have rather than what they are going through.

    As a psychology major who is fascinated by behaviorism, I couldn't put this book down, reading hours past when I should have gone to bed. This book is not a light novel based on true stories, it's an intense look at the human mind and what can go wrong with children due to neglect and abuse. This book far exceeded any expectations I had for it, and the next book I read will surely be disappointing since I now have such an impossibly high standard.

    This book is not recommended for people who are squeamish hearing about abusive stories or people who are just looking for first person stories of psychological problems because everything is written from a psychiatrists viewpoint.

    ...more info
  • great learning tool
    I have read dozens of books on how to help children over the years, and I feel this is one of the best. It not only was very informative, it was a easy read. Each chapter kept me spellbound, because it read like a story. I made sure I underlined all the important parts as I read, and wrote a little summary at the end of each chapter so I would never forget the information. Their was lots of information on the effects of childhood trauma, and how to help these children cope. I would have this as a must read for all people who work with young children. The book helps adults to keep an open mind about childrens behavior and recieve insightful tips on why some children exhibit unusual behavior. I am looking forward to other books by this author. He is a very talented doctor and author....more info
  • A must read
    I read this book in a day. For anyone involved in the social services, or even just interested in psychology--it is a must read that truly touches your heart and makes you appreciate the power of children even more. ...more info
  • excellent book
    I was very impressed with this book. We are raising an adopted boy from Romania, and have had some considerable challenges along the way. This book illuminates the crucial understanding of how we get lost in power struggles, as our own personal issues get projected onto our son, due to his underlying stress. This book has greatly helped us in understanding his inner world. This has changed our relationship in a number of positive ways. I highly recommend this book....more info
  • Excellent book
    Dr. Perry did the first presentation I ever heard related to the effects of trauma on children. I work with foster parents who are licensed through a Juvenile Court. This book is a great summary of Dr. Perry's experience with traumatized children since the beginning of his career. He presents a great perspective on how the brain processes trauma and how behaviors manifest as coping skills. One of my foster parents has also read the book. She commented that your brain has to be in the learning mode when you read it but that it has helped her better understand some of the children she has had in her care....more info
  • Very exciting
    I have told numerous people about this book already. It is a great book with insight into what is necessary to be human in this mixed-up world. It is a sign of hope and offers an incredible new way of thinking about children, their environment and their brain. Dr. Perry has developed a new therapy "Neurosequential Model (NMT)" that offers a challenge to the traditional modes of therapy used by social workers, psychologists, etc. Taking both the environment AND the brain (nature and nurture) into consideration, he explains how he has attempted to re-train the brains of children who have faced severe trauma - with amazing results. He reminds us that change IS possible and that your history does not necessarily have to be your future! In the beginning, the book is a bit heavy on the science side of things (in order to give an intro to how the brain works) -which was a turn-off for me. However, after reading a few chapters it is easy to understand why the beginning heaviness is necessary to understand the rest of the book. This is an exciting time to be watching the field of trauma. Dr. Perry's work is revolutionary and the time has come for us to rethink how we treat trauma and other 'diagnosable' issues.
    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I really could understand how the treatments in this book (and Dr. Perry's therapy) could work on children with all types of diagnoses - not just trauma. Once we start thinking about how the brain is involved with various diagnoses and how to treat THAT, the possibilities seem almost endless... I just wish I could learn more about it and make it available to the clients I am working with in rural Alaska! Even if you are not in this field, this book is important and a great educator on 'what makes us the way we are' and how to think about changing that....more info

 

 
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