A Friend Like Henry
Having had several mildly autistic students in my years as a teacher, I can't imagine parenting one with classic autism. This author poured her heart and so...more
I have no experience dealing with autism, neither do I know anyone with autism, but I do know what some of the signs of it are, and reading this novel, I definitely have developed a greater sense of respect for each and every...more
Very heavy going and I couldn't keep reading about every tantrum the boy had.I was getting mentally tired with the story!
A Friend Like Henry
I first heard about this book from my mother, and immediately put it on my library hold queue. I just finished it today and I can only say that I'm very glad I did.
This is the story of parents who discover their son has severe autism. After so many struggles, they get a golden retriever puppy they call Henry. Through Henry, Dale finally begins to interact with the world. This is an inspirational book - what amazing parents Dale and his younger...more
This is not a flowery, descriptive telling, it is a matter-of-fact recount of day to day life with a severely autistic child. Nuala & Jamie's fight to have Dale's autism recognised & officially diagnosed, the anger & sadness, the depths of despair reached, the exhaustion & the small triumphs that kept them going. The all-consuming struggle to break into...more
The characters in my book were well developed. It was a real life situation. I believe that the mother Nuala was a little harsh at times. Even though your child is born with a mental problem you should love them though anything that comes your way. Her child Dale was born with autism. It’s a hard concept to deal with; it’s something that as parents; you never want your child to have. Dale had no control over what he did. He was too young to understand what was going on; but a...more
Dale è nato autistico, e ha reso incredibilmente complicata la vita dei suoi genitori, che solo con il loro immenso amore sono riusciti a scalfire la sua corazza. Ma poi è arrivato Henry, un golden retriever buono e docile, e tramite lui i genitori hanno iniziato a comunicare con il loro bambino: Henry ha facilitato le cose per tutti, e Dale è gradualmente migliorato al punto che oggi conduce una vi...more
Well, just shows. I can be introduced to new genres without feeling that I am wasting my precious book reading time(Sharon, have you got any other books for me?).
Especially when the heroes (which are really the parents, more so than the dog - even though he is quite adorable and reminde...more
This was a good look into life with an autistic child. The struggles that Nuala had to go thro...more
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 despairat her son's condition, her struggle to prevent Dale...more
It is a true story of an autistic boy Dale and how his dog Henry helps him. The author Nuala is the mother of Dale and tells a very detailed story of what it was like for her family to deal with Dale, his developmental issues, and health and educational professionals.
I enjoyed reading this book and was reminded of some of my former clients who also struggled with Autism....more
Insight into autism - makes you stop and consider the possibilities before you judge the 'naughty child' throwing a tantrum in the supermarket aisle.
There are things most of us take for granted in our relationship with our mother and this story is a stark reminder or how important a simple hug or 'I love you' really is.
I love how the mother continues against the odds (and the systems), and is able to find help in Henry. In a sense, this dog saves...more
This is a very moving book. Nuala did everything within her power to ensure that her autistic son, Dale, had the most normal life possible, never allowing his autism to get the better of him. The family's Golden Retriever, Henry, was instrumental in helping Nuala to achieve that.
A beautiful, touching book.
Henry, their adorable lab, helped both children since the parents used the dog as a vehicle for their son Dale to speak and their daughter Amy to interact and learn about her everyday world.
The book concludes in 2007 with words that Dale himself wrote as an adult.
Loved Henry, salute Nuala!