A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World
"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
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
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
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
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I suggest readers have tissue handy when reading this book.
Inspirational and heartwarming
being the grandmother of a child on the autism spectrum I found this wonderful book an inspiration and recommend it highly to everyone. Unless you are honored to know one of these wonderful children yourself it is impossible to truly understand the challenges. everyday life presents to them and their families. The Gardner's have managed to clearly convey how terrifying and rewarding raising a challenged child can be.After all,who is to ...more
La storia del piccolo Dale, narrata direttamente dall'autrice, nonchè madre, Nuala, e della convivenza del piccolo ometto di casa con la sua malattia: l'autismo. In anni in cui anche solo pronunciare quel nome metteva paura, in anni in cui poco o nulla si sapeva di questa malattia, Nuala insieme al marito Jamie cercano con tutte le loro forze di far crescere in modo normale il loro figlio. Tutto è difficile: parlare ...more
Sampai pada akhirnya Ia mendapatkan dugaannya sendiri bahwa Dale mengidap autisme klasik me ...more
Very heavy going and I couldn't keep reading about every tantrum the boy had.I was getting mentally tired with the story!
Reading this eloquently written book opened my eyes and heart to the challenges of life with an autistic child. Making it a story about a dog and this very special family kept me riveted to every page until the very end. We have always had a dog in our family; however our very special Rusty captures the best of all of them. He just turned 13 and, his health is failing. I broke down completely while reading about Henry's final days, but that also made me make a plan for Rusty"s ...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
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