By Nuala Gardner
"The terrific tale of a relations with an autistic son, Dale, who conquers his incapacity due to the detailed bond he types with Henry, a golden retriever dog ... it is a attention-grabbing and encouraging real-life account." - lady & domestic a pal like henry The notable precise tale of an autistic boy and the puppy that unlocked his international whilst Jamie and Nuala Gardner selected a dog for his or her son, Dale, they were not a typical relations deciding on a normal puppy. Dale's autism was once so critical that the smallest deviation from his regimen might galvanize a terrifying tantrum. relatives lifestyles used to be nearly destroyed via 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 gradual growth, the Gardners' lives have been reworked after they welcomed a brand new member into the family members, Henry, a beautiful golden retriever dog. The bond among Dale and his puppy could swap their lives ... "This touching tale is an emotional rollercoaster." - ebook overview "Emotionally charged, this can be a tale that increases strong matters in a deeply own and insightful manner." - Irish Examiner
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Extra resources for A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World
We woke up the next morning to two things: the surprise that there was no Dale in the middle of our bed and a lot of noise from him downstairs. ” asked Jamie, half out of bed to go and check what Dale was up to. “Wait,” I told him. “That’s not commotion, it’s communication. ” We sat in bed, mesmerized by what was going on in the lounge downstairs. ” All of this was punctuated with shrieks of laughter and little yelps from Henry as the two of them engaged in boisterous play together. We’d never heard our son play so verbally or joyfully before with anyone, either human or animal.
Henry, you’ve had enough to eat,” I would say. qxd:Layout 1 5/6/08 10:30 AM Page 49 Henry: A Really Useful Dog Henry off for this very sin: “Henry, lie down, don’t be greedy,” he told his dog with real meaning, and then glowed with pride as Henry did what he had told him. Along with many other children with autism, Dale was lacking in sequencing and organizational skills. The fact that young Henry needed three meals a day gave us plenty of opportunity to practice, and I would break down the process of preparing Henry’s food into minute steps.
It was not long after this time that the brain tumor health scare was discovered. qxd:Layout 1 5/6/08 10:30 AM Page 44 A Friend Like Henry It seems strange to consider that it was this very consultation that led to us taking time out to visit David and Isobel, which set in motion the chain of events that brought the extraordinary Henry into our lives. When I think back to the long, painstaking days where all involved worked so hard to try and help Dale, I am thankful we had managed to get him to a level where he could have a dog in his life and he was able to understand how to play with Dougal and Barney on that special day.
A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World by Nuala Gardner