Perry, Bruce and Maia Szalavitz. 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. New York: Basic Books. 2008. 288pgs.
I’d classify this one as a must-read for parents, teachers, anyone that works with youth, and pretty much everyone else. Told through the eyes of child psychiatrist Bruce Perry as he works with case after case of traumatized child, these stories are surprisingly uplifting and inspirational. Perry is able to explain a lot of the brain science and theory behind his work in plain English accessible to anyone without any training in neuroscience. His prose flows smoothly and is very engaging as he works the reader through his strategies for rewiring the children’s brains. His compassion and sincerity bleed through the pages and its no wonder he is able to reach and connect with kids that others have written off. I couldn’t put this book down and literally read it in one sitting – despite the intensity of the children’s stories. I highly recommend it for anyone working with or raising young people. I only wish the book had been longer!