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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz Narrator: Danny Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781452674834
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written, fascinating accounts.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/18/2014

    " I'm currently training to be an advocate for foster children, and found that this book offers excellent insight into the effects of neglect, abuse, and disordered living on the psyches of developing children. Very helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/12/2014

    " Dr. Bruce Perry and his patients have much to teach us all about compassion & healing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susana | 2/8/2014

    " Informative and inspirational. A must read for anyone interested in child development, the care of children and families, and the well- being of society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Johnston | 2/5/2014

    " interesting, but Dr's personality intruded too much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 1/19/2014

    " Great book with broad appeal for parents, teachers, counselors and those with loved ones who have faced childhood trauma. The only weakness, I thought, was a lack of solid steps parents, counselors, and others could take to help those who have suffered. There were recommendations, but I found these to be vague. Nevertheless this book was certainly engaging and worthwhile. I particularly enjoyed how this book reenforced what I learned in lifespan development, and the biological understanding I gained regarding the workings of the developing brain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsie | 1/15/2014

    " This book was not quite what I was expecting, although I liked it. It was pretty in depth with how the brain works and the different structures and development, however having some background there made it interesting to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Hawk | 1/15/2014

    " A must read for adoptive parents or anyone who works with neglected children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Mccracken | 1/10/2014

    " Thought provoking and readable stories, interpreted in a way that feels both profound and common sense, culminating in a clear manifesto for radical change to how we treat children; and how we will change society. "Relationships are the agents of change; and the most powerful therapy is human love" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizdideon | 12/22/2013

    " Wow, so many things I never knew about development. VERY interesting read. Thanks for the recommendation Tricia! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodyanna | 11/25/2013

    " How important good enough parenting and early life experiences are, and the healing power of understanding and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 8/13/2013

    " Great book on the effects of trauma on children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luis | 7/12/2013

    " A whole new prospective on child development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Schacht | 7/6/2013

    " This was an okay book - I usually really like books like this one, but it was too disjointed, and I don't think he tied it all together very well - It seems the stories he picked to include were more for their shock value than anything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 5/31/2013

    " An absolute must-read for anyone who works with children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hallie LeBlanc | 4/26/2013

    " After years of treating children with trauma histories, things are finally starting to sink in. Recommended for anyone who cares for these kids, or needs a push to a different perspective in life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay | 3/14/2013

    " Anecdotal evidence for the very basic conclusions that love is important and trauma is traumatizing to children. Pretty interesting, but I've already forgotten most of the stuff about the brain and only remember the stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Wadsley-brown | 2/24/2013

    " An insight into why children who have been abused, neglected and traumatized behave as they do. A 'must read' for foster parents and carers to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/26/2012

    " All educators need to read this book. Others need to read it too, but I am an educator and can only speak for that group on this topic. Well written, important! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/10/2012

    " Fantastic book! In order to talk about what is unhealthy, he first had to explain what is healthy. I learned so much about the environment that my future child needs to grow up happy and healthy, plus learned a lot of compassion for children who have been through trauma. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anya | 11/26/2011

    " I LOVED this book. It is tailored to my profession but it was an amazing perspective regarding children who experience trauma and how it alters their functioning and how to help children heal from trauma. Really think everyone should read THIS BOOK! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 11/2/2011

    " really good for understanding the neurobiology of trauma, especially in relation to children. interesting perspectives on historical events/cultural phenomenons. made me think more deeply about neglect and it's effects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 11/1/2011

    " This is a good book for those who work with children. It's given me some insights into some of my students and I hope to more compassionate to the naughtiest of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LA | 10/26/2011

    " This is a very interesting book that is engaging and clearly explains why traumatized children need specialized treatment. I think many parents could benefit from reading this book, and people who experienced trauma in childhood may see more clearly how it has affected them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristylou | 9/24/2011

    " This is an amazing book for anyone who works with children...incredible stories with a perspective-widening impact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 9/12/2011

    " This really opened my eyes to the effects of neglect on developing brains. It's fascinating from any standpoint but especially if you're immersed in the world of foster parenting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay | 9/11/2011

    " Anecdotal evidence for the very basic conclusions that love is important and trauma is traumatizing to children. Pretty interesting, but I've already forgotten most of the stuff about the brain and only remember the stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 8/8/2011

    " This book is awesome! Gives so much insight into the importance of nurturing and loving children from birth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 8/1/2011

    " the must read for anyone working with children or their parents "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 8/1/2011

    " Even if you're not in the mental health field, this is an amazing book. Hard to read (don't read at night) but SO interesting and heartbreaking. "

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About the Author

Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, is a senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy. 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.

About the Narrator

Danny Campbell is an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. Winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has narrated Once a Spy by Keith Thomson and read the part of David Foster Wallace in Mike Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, among many others. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the theater arts department at Santa Monica College.