A Friend Like Henry

A Friend Like Henry

The Remarkable True Story of An Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World

eBook - 2008
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Now a New York Times Bestseller! The remarkable true story of an autistic boy and the dog that unlocked his world When Jamie and Nuala Gardner chose a puppy for their son, Dale, they weren't an ordinary family choosing an ordinary pet. Dale's autism was so severe that the smallest deviation from his routine could provoke a terrifying tantrum. Family life was almost destroyed by his condition, and his parents spent most of their waking hours trying to break into their son's autistic world and give him the help he so desperately needed. But after years of constant effort and slow progress, the Gardners' lives were transformed when they welcomed a new member into the family, Henry, a gorgeous golden retriever puppy. The bond between Dale and his dog would change their lives ...
Publisher: [United States] : Sourcebooks Inc : Made available through hoopla, 2008.
ISBN: 9781402233753
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jul 05, 2016

This is an amazing story. Basically is is the story of how a golden retriever named Henry--for one of the trains in Thomas the Train--helped a severely autistic boy open up to the world. But it is mostly the story of a family's efforts to help the boy named Dale in any way possible to function. The family lived in Scotland and Dale was born in about 1990. I was shocked at how little support there was that that time and how little was known about autism. It took over three years to diagnose Dale, and then it took a long time to get much support. The parents were amazing in how they found ways to nurture their son. The story gets more complex after the birth of their daughter, but I don't want to give anything away. Dale himself, by then about 17, gives comments to specific topics in the book.


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