New PDF release: A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an

By Nuala Gardner

ISBN-10: 1402214065

ISBN-13: 9781402214066

"The brilliant tale of a relations with an autistic son, Dale, who conquers his incapacity because of the particular bond he kinds with Henry, a golden retriever dog ... it is a attention-grabbing and encouraging real-life account." - girl & domestic a pal like henry The amazing 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 standard relations picking out a standard puppy. Dale's autism was once so serious that the smallest deviation from his regimen may well impress a terrifying tantrum. family members lifestyles used to be virtually destroyed via his situation, and his mom and dad spent such a lot in their waking hours attempting to holiday into their son's autistic global and provides him the assistance he so desperately wanted. yet after years of continuing attempt and gradual development, the Gardners' lives have been reworked after they welcomed a brand new member into the kinfolk, Henry, a stunning golden retriever dog. The bond among Dale and his puppy might switch their lives ... "This touching tale is an emotional rollercoaster." - e-book evaluate "Emotionally charged, this can be a tale that increases robust concerns in a deeply own and insightful manner." - Irish Examiner

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Quite naturally, they all took the ability to communicate for granted, and it was very hard for me to explain the difficulties involved in communicating with a child with severe autism. But whether they understood or not, what mattered to me was that involving Dale in the minutiae of Henry’s care was getting results. qxd:Layout 1 5/6/08 10:30 AM Page 52 A Friend Like Henry Due to an occasional “puppy-pee stench,” Henry had become used to having a bath and seemed to enjoy it. One day, he and Dale had been playing in the back garden, and Dale came in covered in mud from top to toe—it was in his hair, his ears, everywhere.

If I introduced so much as a single pea or slice of carrot, he would protest by vomiting at will. More worryingly, he would sometimes choose to regurgitate food simply if things were not going his way. He also would only refuel himself like a car running out of gas about twice a day. My mum got him to drink liquid when he learned to like milky tea without sugar, and to this day Dale has never refused the offer of a cup of tea. By the time Dale was about two and now was a little older, I felt he should be around other children.

Attending to Dale’s needs became even more of a battle as his rituals and obsessions grew increasingly rigid and unpredictable. qxd:Layout 1 5/6/08 10:30 AM Page 41 A Lonely Battle change it. Sausages were no longer allowed to touch baked beans on his plate—and I was supposed to know this. If I got the slightest thing “wrong” in his eyes, a tantrum would result. I started to suffer from panic attacks and would be awake all night. When not dealing with Dale, I would become desperately anxious about what the next day would bring.

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