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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

What the critics say

"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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Loved this book

I had heard about this book from a family member of mine who read it as part of a course he was taking in university. Being a student myself in a different but similar field, i chose to download and listen to this book while i commuted. I really enjoyed the book and can understand why it’s used for educational purposes.

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makes you think.

it made me look back and reasses difficult interactions and difficult personality types i've had with people. good read, interesting perspectives.

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  • Robin Schrader
  • 2018-12-22

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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  • Keshia
  • 2018-12-01

follow up

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

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  • Ryan
  • 2019-09-14

Amazing!

I read many eduction, psychology, and leadership books. This is one of the best books I have ever listened to about education and psychology, including trauma. It will even help in the leadership realm. Thank you for all the work that went into this book!

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  • Pacific Avril
  • 2019-08-01

excellent story, very informative

excellent stories and very informative. should be required reading/listening for anyone working with the emotional or educational needs of children and adults.

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  • Karen Sherwood
  • 2019-07-19

Insightful, Thought Provoking, Motivating

Anyone who is a teacher, child care provider, healthcare provider, parent, and everyone in the Health care system would greatly benefit from reading and understanding the information in this book. I highly recommend it and have bought more to share with others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-14

A Must Read!!!

Everyone who was a child, wants to have a child one day, or has a child along with child care providers, educators, counselors, medical professionals, definitely legislators, policy makers and anyone who impacts children's lives MUST read this book!!!! Especially, given that we are removing children from their children, not providing family leave or true quality child care, and push down academics via Common Core, so many things that are creating stress and affecting children's develop. We can't make changes until we understand the underlying science of how stress and trauma affect children's development, their interactions, behaviors and future success.

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  • Rhonda Perez
  • 2019-07-10

Worth every minute

This book is priceless in our work with children. Thank You for the PDF and the audio version!

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  • Brendan Faller
  • 2019-07-10

read this book

As a teacher, parent, and community member I think this could be one of the most important topics for us to be knowledgeable about as we navigate through our lives.

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  • Crystal Dutton
  • 2019-07-09

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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  • Aaron W.C.
  • 2019-07-01

A Reader's Comments

As a victim of child abuse I highly recommend this his book to my fellow victims of child abuse. Learning about how the brain is physically damaged by child abuse is helpful for recovery. The stories of child abuse in this book are, despite being extremely sad, inspiring.