A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Sep 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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Now a New York Times Bestseller!

"The incredible story of a family with an autistic son, Dale, who conquers his disability thanks to the special bond he forms with Henry, a golden retriever puppy ... This is a fascinating and inspiring real-life account."-Woman & Home

A Friend Like Henry:
The remarkable true story of an autistic boy and the dog that unlocked his world

When Jamie and Nuala Gardner chose a puppy for their son, Dale, they weren't an ordinary family choosing an ordinary pet. Dale's autism was so severe that the smallest deviation from his routine could provoke a terrifying tantrum. Family life was almost destroyed by his condition, and his parents spent most of their waking hours trying to break into their son's autistic world and give him the help he so desperately needed. But after years of constant effort and slow progress, the Gardners' lives were transformed when they welcomed a new member into the family, Henry, a gorgeous golden retriever puppy. The bond between Dale and his dog would change their lives ...

"This touching story is an emotional rollercoaster." -Book Review

"Emotionally charged, this is a story that raises powerful issues in a deeply personal and insightful manner." -Irish Examiner


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I am the mother of a child with Autism & this book was so encouraging & I was really able to not only relate with the mom telling the story but couldnt help falling in love with the family & the ... Read full review

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When I picked this book up I didn't know what to expect. This book chronicles the life of Dale Gardner. Dale is an autistic boy at birth, but they didn't find out until a few years later. This is about a autistic boy and how a dog helped save his life. Nuala, scared as she is, wanted a successful life for Dale. By getting him the proper tresment he needed to survive. Having him get into regular school was a challenge. Dale autism was servere and violent to some people and his family life was a daily battleground. There lives were changed when they let a beautiful Golden Retriever into the family.The special bond between Dale and his dog Henry was unforgetable. The dog help make a breakthrough in Dale's life. He did more things now because of the dog and it all payed off.This is a heartwarming story of how one talented dog help a boy conquer his autism. 

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
In His Own Words
Reading Group Guide

Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
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About the author (2008)

New York Times bestselling author Nuala Gardner is a community nurse and qualified midwife and mother of Dale and Amy, both of whom have autism. Together with her husband Jamie, she fought the authorities to have her children's condition recognized before there was sufficient understanding of autism.

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