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.


Yvonne said...

Sounds like a very interesting book.

Have a great week!

Anne said...

This book sounds intersting. I haven't seen it before. You write such a good review about it, I'll have to keep an eye out for it. Thanks for visiting my blog. I just love your black kitty widget in your sidebar, how cute. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Charli and me said...

Two of our neices have severely autistic children. It's very difficult for them. One of our grandson's had emotional problems when he was very little. I will never forget the day I took him to church and he started to act out. I was in the process of correcting him when a lady behind me started yelling at him. I turned around and said I was sorry she didn't understand our circumstances. It's true, we just don't know what the circumstances are when we see a child acting out.