The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog - 2024 Paraeducator Book Study

May 23, 2024 - June 13, 2024

Special Education


Welcome aboard! I am delighted that you are interested in exploring this book with me. I have no doubt that you will find it meaningful and at times riveting. 

As we prepare to begin the book study, I highly recommend getting a jump start on the reading. The chapters are lengthy and due to the setup of a 4 week study, there will be required reading of multiple chapters per week. I recommend getting started on your reading now! If you want to order the book from Amazon, here is the direct link. I have my own copy of the book all highlighted and marked up, as to take-aways that I gained throughout my personal reading. Feel free to do the same as it will help you in our discussions later!

The following is a list of chapters that will be explored on each study date. Please have these chapters completed prior to each date.

Read chapters 1-3 to discuss on May 23.

Read chapters 4-6 to discuss on May 30.

Read chapters 7-9 to discuss on June 6.

Read chapters 10-12 to discuss on June 13.


Apr 18

Disclaimer: This is a substantial book to digest, to put it mildly. The content is heavy, but it is an excellent read. If you have a personal history of trauma or abuse, this subject matter may be triggering. Feel free to remove yourself from the study at any time without penalty. 

Apr 18

The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog 

Authors: Dr. Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz 

Facilitated by Betsy Cox

No Limit on number of participants

In this classic work of developmental psychology, renowned psychiatrist and the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Happened to You? reveals how trauma affects children—and outlines the path to recovery. How does trauma affect a child's mind—and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence. In the classic The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry tells their stories of trauma and transformation and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate, insightful strategies for rehabilitation, Perry explains what happens to children’s brains when they are exposed to extreme stress—and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease such pain and help them grow into healthy adults. Only when we understand the science of the mind and the power of love and nurturing can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child. 

Format: Zoom Meetings (Link will be shared upon registration) 

Book Study Meeting Dates: 

  •  Thursday, May 23, 2024, 3-4 pm 
  •  Thursday, May 30, 2024, 3-4 pm 
  •  Thursday, Jun 6, 2024, 9-10 am 
  •  Thursday, Jun 13, 2024, 9-10 am 

How it works:

  1. Check out the book from the library or purchase it.
  2. Check your email for the ZOOM link and Syllabus (one week prior to the meeting)
  3. Join ZOOM using the link provided
  4. Read the book as outlined and shared during our first organizational meeting • Get ready to share your thoughts and ideas as we journey through the book together.
  5. If you are not present for a ZOOM meeting, you will be required to provide a written summary of the chapters covered in order to receive your hours
  6. A certificate with your 15 credit hours will be issued upon completion of the book study

2024 Paraeducator Book Study Information 

**15 professional development hours will be awarded for participation in a book study or podcast series. A certificate of completion will be provided.

NOTE: The hours will be awarded for the 2023/2024 school year OR the 2024/2025 school year.


Registration is open until 5/23/2024

Available Credit or Activity Hours

Act 48 Activity Hours
15.0 Hours
Academic Content Studies Special Education
General Activity Hours (non-PDE)
15.0 Hours


Thursday, May 23
3 - 4pm
Session 1
Thursday, May 30
3 - 4pm
Session 2
Thursday, June 6
9 - 10am
Session 3
Thursday, June 13
9 - 10am
Session 4