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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 Paperback – December 25, 2007
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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.
Dr. Perry puts it very simple when he stated in this book:
"For years mental health professionals taught people that they could be psychologically healthy without social support, that "unless you love yourself, no one else will love you." Women were told that they didn't need men, and vice versa. People without any relationships were believed to be as healthy as those who had many. These ideas contradict the fundamental biology of human species: we are social mammals and could never have survived without deeply interconnected and interdependent human contact. The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation."
This book is a must read for anyone working with traumatized children, raising healthy children, or just raising each other!
Connie Sirnio, MSW, LCSW
Child and Family Therapist
PsyD Learner in Clinical Psychology
Coos Bay, Oregon
I have often thought that Attachment theory could answer a lot of the problems our society faces. This book offers a very unique and creative approach to fixing that problem. That isn't to say that this book is about attachment theory, but it is about the importance of relationships within the context of community. Each story in this book lays out an underpinning of how a relationship can fail a child with disastrous consequences, and how a nurturing relationship can impact more than just the individual child.
Just based on this book and my own work in therapy and with preschool children I can tell you that Dr. Perry's unique neurosequential approach to therapy makes sense, and I wouldn't doubt that it works. I loved how he laid out the book approaching different areas of the brain with each case. While I personally would've loved more indepth descriptions of how the trauma affected certain areas of the brain and more specific underlying neuroscience behind the treatments...I can appreciate how this book is written. It is not muddled down in science or technical terminology.Read more ›
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I can't think of any kind of person I wouldn't recommend this book for. If you're a parent or work with children professionally this is a mandatory read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by KingKongKdub
A must read for every person working with in psychology, social work, and public service. A must read for parents. LOVE.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wow! I highly recommend this book. I read it while being at home with my brand new second child Gave me so much to think about. I learned a lot! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Absolutely fascinating! Perry reminds me of Oliver Sacks in his treatment methods and approach with children who have been through horrific trauma. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Meg Tuite
Book is O.K., although not as empirically rigorous as I would like. The order was handled very quickly and I am very satisfied.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well written. Informative, relatable and non-condescending.
Rather than exploiting the stories of clients it takes an honest look at what can be learned in practice from... Read more
This is a necessary book for those who want to better understand the link between trauma and brain development in children. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kathleen C. Laundy
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A great book! I love the use of real life examples coupled with nueroscience, in a way that is easy to follow and interesting.Published 16 days ago by J. Mazzei