A Friend Like Henry
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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Dale was a little boy with autism, locked in his own world - until Henry the golden retriever puppy entered his life. This is the heart-warming story of how Henry turned round Dale's life and helped his sister Amy, who also has autism. Read full review
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I would recommend this book to anyone who knows children with cognitive learning disabilities. This is the memoir of one mother's plight to bring up her autistic child, the social prejudice she faced ... Read full review
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Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog ...
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