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A Friend Like Henry by NUALA GARDNER

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A FRIEND LIKE HENRY is a ‘must read’ for any family, or professionals, touched by autism.  I read it in 4 days and just didn’t want to put it down.

A story of heartbreak, courage, persistence in getting the necessary support, and hope.

The arrival of Henry the golden Labrador half way through the book changed everything.  Unmissable!

Linda Carroll, April 2013

 

This is the inspiring account of a family's struggle to break into their son's autistic world - and how a beautiful golden Labrador that 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. 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.

 

 
 
Thursday, 21 November 2019
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