A Friend Like Henry

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2007 - Autistic children - 342 pages
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This is the inspiring account of a family's struggle to break into their son's autistic world - and how a dog made the real difference.

Dale was still a baby when his parents realised that something wasn't right. Worried, his mother Nuala took him to see several doctors, before finally hearing the word 'autism' for the first time in a specialist's office. Scared but determined that Dale should live a fulfilling life, Nuala describes her despair at her son's condition, her struggle to prevent Dale being excluded from a 'normal' education and her sense of hopeless isolation. Dale's autism was severe and violent and family life was a daily battleground.

But the Gardner's lives were transformed when they welcomed a gorgeous Golden Retriever into the family. The special bond between Dale and his dog Henry helped them to produce the breakthrough in Dale they had long sought. From taking a bath to saying 'I love you', Henry helped introduce Dale to all the normal activities most parents take for granted, and set him on the road to being the charming and well-adjusted young man he is today.

This is a heartrending and fascinating account of how one devoted and talented dog helped a little boy conquer his autism.

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User Review  - Ali - Goodreads

This is such a sweet book! I love dogs but I still found the way this particular one, Henry, changed the life of one small boy incredible. However I enjoyed the book also for the practical information ... Read full review

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User Review  - Heidi Busch - Goodreads

This was a well written memoir of one family's experience with autism. I often wonder with children and adults who live with autism, how much their environment and experiences benefit or harm them ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Nuala Gardner is a nurse and midwife. She and her husband Jamie have two children, Dale and Amy, both of whom have autism. Dale is 18 and planning a career working with children with autism.

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