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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
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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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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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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Excellent view into trauma and hope

When we talk about trauma we often forget to talk about amazing stories of recovery. As terrible as trauma is this book shows that healing and help are possible.
This is a must read for all teachers, counsellors, nurses and doctors.

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loved it!

It demonstrates diverse psychiatric interventions and is relevant for mental health clinicans psychologists, social workers

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Mind blowing

What heartbreaking stories, but what amazing, inspiring, intuitive and deeply profound work. The depth of work, the insight, the trauma informed approach. Ground breaking. Thankyou for your incredible work for sharing it with us. Such incredible learnings.

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An incredible book

This book should be read by every parent, health professional, teacher or anyone who has contact with children. Such an important book.

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Amazing book

An exceptionally moving book, that takes one from despair to hope as you learn about the damage caused by neglect and abuse, and how to help repair the damage I recommend the book to anyone who has or works with young children.

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Excellent read

A very easy and interesting book to listen to. Written in a very kind and compassionate way. I only wish more health professionals would take this approach to children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

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Informative

Thank you for the book!
I work with children, it is informative and good to know about children’s minds. The narration was done interesting enough to hold attention.
Glad I read this book looking forward listening to more book.

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Must read

Beautiful book and a must read/listen to for anyone who works with kids. I've learned so much just listening to this book.

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  • Robin Schrader
  • 22-12-2018

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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  • cindy w.
  • 29-09-2019

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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  • Keshia
  • 01-12-2018

follow up

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

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  • Crystal Dutton
  • 09-07-2019

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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  • C. Turner
  • 07-06-2019

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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  • Sylvia
  • 14-02-2020

Breath taking book

I couldn’t put this book down, such a great book. Will have you crying, mad, happy and your mouth dropping.

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  • Charmaine
  • 09-02-2020

Wow!!!!!

This book is highly engaging...merging case study examples with theory it provides an insightful and thought provoking experience.

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  • Dan Champion
  • 03-02-2020

Clinical Perspective

As I head into my last year of my master’s in Wilderness Therapy, I found this book to be highly informative and well read. For anyone in the health field, whether it is mental or physical or otherwise, it is worth your time. I absolutely understand how parents too could benefit from this listen!

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  • Sandi B
  • 26-01-2020

An IMPORTANT Book

This book changed the way I view humanity in so many important ways. I bought it to better understand myself and ended up better understanding all people, myself included. It engendered in me a new wealth of compassion for people and an understanding of their behaviors that I am so grateful to have.

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  • michelle longinotti
  • 23-01-2020

Amazingly shows the inside of therapy

Awesome resource for any social worker who deals with children. Easy to digest and very insightful.

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  • EDorey
  • 14-01-2019

Amazing

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

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  • Claire Williams
  • 04-06-2019

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
  • 01-05-2019

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
  • 16-03-2019

just wow

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

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  • MrsE M Thompson
  • 08-01-2020

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
  • 18-10-2019

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
  • 22-09-2019

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
  • 04-09-2019

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
  • 25-08-2019

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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  • Katherine
  • 16-08-2019

incredible

Such a powerful and moving book - as an educator this book is so important.