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  - Karen - Goodreads

I would give this 3 and a half stars if I could. It's the real-life account of a family struggling with autism, along with a secondary plot about infertility. It's written by the mother of the family ... Read full review

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User Review  - Yonathan Zarkovian - Goodreads

This is the only book ever that brought tears to my eyes. It was emotionally difficult to read through this book because it contains so many moments of frustration, sadness, joyfulness and other ... 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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