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
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!
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
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
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
Henry provides Dale with a safe way to learn eye contact, what facial expressions mean, and the concept of personal space. I was also kind of shocked at how extreme Dale's autism was; I admittedly haven't been around very many autistic people (at...more
One of the things who got me really emotional was when the had to put the dog down. I just had to put our down and I am so happy to realise once again that he died happily from no pain whatsoever. Just kisses on our faces telling us that he was going to be alright. Stupid smart wonderful dog.