21 January 2009

dvr alert

Have you read this book?

I think it's fascinating. It's about the impact that trauma and neglect have on the brain at different developmental stages. Yes, it is the kind of book I love to read. BUT it also has the added bonus of being very relevant to my pi (post-institutional) d2b. If there weren't trauma or neglect somewhere in her life, she wouldn't be in an orphanage and waiting for me. She wouldn't be d2b.

This book also has lots of good ideas about how to re-build the connections in the brain that early trauma and neglect cause. It's a good read--and one I highly recommend.

But, it gets even better! There was a post on FRUA that said:

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is a respected expert in this field. It is significant that childhood neglect and resulting attachment issues will finally be addressed in this popular forum. Set your recorders! Here is a link to the biography of Bruce Perry, M.D., PhD. http://www.childtrauma.org/aboutCTA/bio_bruce.asp

The Impact of Neglect featured on the Oprah Show

Later this month (tentative air date is January 28th) the Oprah Show will feature the story of a remarkable young girl and her adoptive family. Dr. Perry talks with Oprah about neglect and the developing child. This episode features his book, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, co-written with Maia Szalavitz.

For anyone interested in a compelling narrative to help teach about the devastating impact of neglect this is a show worth taping. The systemic problems, the caregiving challenges, the ignorance of normal developmental needs of children and the patience, love and effort required to help neglected children recover are all part of this show.

Just wanted to let you know so you could set your dvr's. I've set mine! (In fact it's just set to record from now until this shows airs...)


Matt and Carla Morgan said...

Excellent - thanks for the info, Kate (and the e-mail!). I will definitely be taping Oprah this week.


Jenni said...

Good to know! Thanks!