Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog

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Tribute Books, Apr 1, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 28 pages
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The timeless tale of a boy with autism & his shelter dog.Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix.All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones.Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation and depression."Read along as this adopted dog adjusts to his new home and the boy with autism who befriends him." ? Warren Reed, executive director, Humane Society of Lackawanna County"What a marvelous story! I enjoyed it thoroughly." ? Vince Sweeney, executive director, SPCA of Luzerne County?This is a delightful story about belonging and love from the viewpoint of the underdog in all of us ... a great treat!? ? Chris Remick, M.A., B.C.B.A., clinical director of autism services, Friendship House"Second Chance touches on the companionship of a boy and his new pet dog and the importance of stability and PERMANENCY in their lives." ? Kathy Roach, director of permanency, Diakon Adoption & Foster Care

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User Review  - Tmtrvlr - LibraryThing

Second Chance is a charming story written in the point of view of a rescue dog. Chance is adopted by a family with an autistic child, Ryan, and three other dogs, P.J., Little Rascal, and Shelby. A ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wendy Hines - Goodreads

This short book (only 28 pages) has a significant message and is easy to read. Chance is a shelter dog who is adopted into a family where the young boy is autistic. The child is also adopted and ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Sandra J. Gerencher is a special education teacher in the Bangor Area public school system. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked at Lehigh University in a school-based program, as a Program Specialist for adults with disabilities. Over the past 20 years she has worked with children and adults with special needs in such areas as counseling, Behavior Specialist Consultation, behavioral research, crisis intervention and abuse therapy. Sandra graduated from Lehigh University with a M.Ed. in Special Education (2004) and from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (1999).Visit Chance the Dog's web site at:

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