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Dear Gabriel : letter to an autistic son

Author: Halfdan W Freihow; Robert Ferguson
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A father, trying to understand both his autistic son and himself, has written a painfully honest and heartfelt memoir encompassing their conversations, adventures, struggles, and achievements. With great love and profound wonder, Halfdan W. Freihow describes his complex relationship with his youngest son, Gabriel, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Though their relationship is sometimes fraught with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Family relationships
Named Person: Halfdan W Freihow
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Halfdan W Freihow; Robert Ferguson
ISBN: 9781741755589 1741755581
OCLC Number: 233742881
Language Note: Text in English.
Notes: Translation of: Kjære Gabriel.
Description: 1 volume
Other Titles: Kjære Gabriel.
Responsibility: Halfdan W. Freihow.

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A poetic memoir chronicling the love between a father and his autistic son. Freihow writes movingly a vivid, detailed glimpse into [autism] and its effects Freihow's honest description of their Read more...

 
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