A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an by Nuala Gardner

By Nuala Gardner

Now a New York Times Bestseller!

"The magnificent tale of a kin with an autistic son, Dale, who conquers his incapacity because of the specified bond he kinds with Henry, a golden retriever dog ... it is a attention-grabbing and encouraging real-life account."-Woman & Home

A buddy Like Henry:
The outstanding real tale of an autistic boy and the puppy that unlocked his world

whilst Jamie and Nuala Gardner selected a dog for his or her son, Dale, they were not a regular family members selecting a regular puppy. Dale's autism was once so critical that the smallest deviation from his regimen might impress a terrifying tantrum. relatives existence was once nearly destroyed by way of his situation, and his mom and dad spent so much in their waking hours attempting to holiday into their son's autistic international and provides him the assistance he so desperately wanted. yet after years of continuous attempt and sluggish growth, the Gardners' lives have been reworked once they welcomed a brand new member into the kin, Henry, a stunning golden retriever dog. The bond among Dale and his puppy might switch their lives ...

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

"Emotionally charged, this can be a tale that increases strong matters in a deeply own and insightful manner." -Irish Examiner

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Dale had never previously shown any desire to wash his hands without prompting and constant supervision. Now, before we would start to feed Henry, we would wash Dale’s hands, and ours, and through time Dale was happy to apply this skill on his own because he was doing something for his dog. Dale was also a bad eater, never hungry, whereas goldens, especially our Henry, are the world’s greediest dogs. As Henry grew, he quickly learned when his meals were due and would bark at “his” cupboard to remind us it was dinnertime.

Also, delighted as Dale was with his collection of cars, the absence of symbolic or imaginative play was all too evident. He would simply line up the cars without the slightest attempt to make engine noises. He would form and re-form these lines for hours on end if we allowed him to, and it was hard to envisage what possible enjoyment he was gaining from doing so. Yet he was totally locked into his form of play. If I tried to engage him by attempting to lift one of the cars, a tantrum would result.

I had told myself to expect the worst, but nothing could have prepared me for the moment when I actually heard a professional confirm my deepest fears. In a strange way as well, I felt a degree of relief because at last the inevitable had been acknowledged. ” I kept my grief to myself, but I could see Jamie struggling. He now had to face the word he had been so desperately hoping not to hear. We couldn’t bear the idea of being alone after the meeting, and so the three of us visited my mum and dad.

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