Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing

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Published USA, 2017
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, and victims of family violence. In this book he tells their stories of trauma and transformation. Perry explains what happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress, and he reveals how today`s innovative treatments are helping ease children`s 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. The updated new edition acknowledges advances in research and practice related to trauma in childhood and includes, at the end of the book, a series of essays related to each chapter to reflect and comment on the key elements.

CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
Peter, a Russian orphan whose weird behaviours threatened kids at school
Laura, a tiny four year-old whose stunted growth wouldn`t respond to feeding tubes or diet plans
Connor, a teenage boy left alone for most of his infancy
James, whose adoptive mother was actively trying to kill him
Justin, the six year-old boy raised in a dog cage

Bruce Perry is a Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy in the USA. Maia Szalavitz is a science writer.
Paperback. 418 pages
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