Sunday, 21 December 2008
The Sunday Salon.
This week has seen me finish 'A friend like Henry' by Nuala Gardner.
This true story was very moving. It follows an Autistic boy's life from birth to late teens and the exceptional influence Henry(a golden labrador) made.
Although qualifying as a nurse/midwife many years ago I had no experience with autistic children in my paediatric attachments. This book was an eye-opener to say the least. I will never look at a child in a tantrum the same way. The story is written by the boy's mother(who is also a nurse). She chronicles the day to day living of a family trapped in Autism. After reading this book I feel as though the whole family were 'trapped', they fought for diagnosis and help and the love and perseverance both parents displayed was truly inspirational.
I would recommend this book to everyone I meet but especially to parents of autistic children.