Chapter 5 of the course textbook discusses the brain development of the child in early life as well as the impact of accidents and maltreatment. The required article by Perry (2009) illustrates and defends an approach to child maltreatment based on neurodevelopmental analysis that seeks to understand and treat abuse victims with reference to the areas of the brain affected.

Based on these readings, account for or respond to each of the following in your initial post:

1) Analyze the findings of the Perry study, addressing the strengths and shortcomings of the neurodevelopmental approach. Are there limits to this sort of approach, and if so, what alternative approach might add something to a neurobiological analysis?

2) Offer a real life experience, alternative study, or recent news report that in some way illustrates or casts light upon Perrys findings.

From the above Discussion, response to classmate discussion by comparing and contrasting your respective responses to the Perry study and illustrative examples, offering constructive criticism of your respective arguments and conclusions. Additionally, identify any insights you have gained as a result of reading the responses of others.

                                                            Classmates Discussion

After reading these chapters my thoughts on this are that perry states the brain develops from the bottom and must be fully developed before a child is born. He further stated that psychiatric medicine is not what it should detail because many mental issues have to do with the brain when it is developed [Perry, 2007], being that a child experience different things and that will influence the brain as well as the development of the brain.

Infants seem to have a quicker response to something compared to teenagers and because of that mental health has a different view than what was originally thought.

Both of these have merit to some capacity, whereas there could be parts of the brain as well as the nervous system from what a child experienced emotionally. Perry went on to say that even with therapy it will not help the person who has experience some type of trauma, [Perry. 2007].

I have a niece who suffers from severe anxiety, and it is hard for her to go places being that she will have to interact with people and that is a mental problem for her the socialization process. She has not suffered any trauma as I know of, but if what Perry said is true, maybe she suffered something as an infant which caused her a problem with the way she interprets things presented to her now. One time I thought she was suffering from another mental issue like Autism, or something her mother was taking when she was pregnant or something her father encountered in his life as a coal worker, I have no idea, however, something happened for my niece to have socialization issues and not wanting to be alone. Perry might be absolutely correct when discussing this topic.


Perry, B D. [2009]. Examining child maltreatment through a neurodevelopment lens: Clinical applications of the neurosequential model of therapeutics. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 14[4], 240-255.

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