By Nuala Gardner
"The amazing tale of a kin with an autistic son, Dale, who conquers his incapacity due to the targeted bond he varieties with Henry, a golden retriever dog ... it is a interesting and encouraging real-life account." - girl & domestic a pal like henry The awesome precise tale of an autistic boy and the puppy that unlocked his global while Jamie and Nuala Gardner selected a dog for his or her son, Dale, they were not a standard family members determining a normal puppy. Dale's autism used to be so serious that the smallest deviation from his regimen may perhaps impress a terrifying tantrum. kinfolk existence was once nearly destroyed via his , and his mom and dad spent so much 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 continuous attempt and gradual development, the Gardners' lives have been reworked after they welcomed a brand new member into the relatives, Henry, a beautiful golden retriever dog. The bond among Dale and his puppy might swap their lives ... "This touching tale is an emotional rollercoaster." - publication overview "Emotionally charged, this can be a tale that increases robust matters in a deeply own and insightful manner." - Irish Examiner
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We spent a full morning with the professor and talked her through Dale’s history from birth to the present, while a PhD psychology student also made a detailed assessment. Finally, after appointments with thirteen different professionals over a sixteen-month period, and Dale aged three years and eleven months, a diagnosis was made. Dale had classical autism. qxd:Layout 1 5/6/08 10:30 AM Page 42 A Friend Like Henry allowed the dignity of acknowledging our son’s disability for what it actually was.
Time passed and when the music stopped, my anxiety levels soared again. I shouted and pleaded with Dale to open the door, but all I heard in return was a deafening silence. ” as loudly as I could, in the remote hope that a neighbor or passer-by might hear me. No one did. Then I heard a car honking and feared that Dale was on the road. I became a wreck, collapsing in a heap, sobbing. After about ninety minutes and entirely without warning, the closet door opened and there stood my son, laughing heartily.
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. When we finally went downstairs, we didn’t care about the puddles and mess on the floor, or the new smell in the lounge. Henry had been paper-trained by Val, but he was only a little pup and accidents were to be expected in the short term.
A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World by Nuala Gardner