Ben's Reviews > 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

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry
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Jul 11, 12

Read in February, 2012

This was recommended to me by a colleague. I thought it would be a disturbing read and put of off for ages, however despite some of the horrendous cases, the book is not a shock and awe text. It’s actually quite uplifting. Dr Perry has a gifted way of explaining the connections between trauma, neuroscience and psychotherapy, which is accessible to the lay reader. His model of recovery assumes that children can be healed by receiving the stimulation they missed at certain developmental points. E.g. if a child misses physical stimulation at 6 months due to neglect, this can be healed by the child receiving the chronologically matched stimulation at a later stage, say 7 years old. He provides the science/brain imaging to back this theory up. It is truly fascinating. His explanations about how he creatively and gently connected to each child and fostered their healing, is warm, engaging and beautifully compassionate. The book also cautions us before we judge misguided caregivers in cases of child neglect.
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