!BOOK ♠ Saving Danny ♐ The Fifteenth Fostering Memoir By Cathy GlassDanny Was Petrified And Clung To Me In Desperation As I Carried Him To My Car Trapped In His Own Dark World, He Couldn T Understand Why His Parents No Longer Loved Or Wanted Him, And Were Sending Him AwayWhile Danny S Parents Have Everything They Could Wish For In Material Terms, They Are Unable To Care For Their Only Child This Is Where Cathy Comes In On A Cold Dark Evening Danny Finds A Place In Her Home Where He Can Be Himself Away From His Parents Impatience And Frustration Often In His Own Little World, Six Year Old Danny Finds It Difficult To Communicate, Finding Solace In His Best Friend And Confidant George His RabbitCathy Quickly Becomes Aware Of His Obsessively Meticulous Behaviour In Addition To His Love Of Patterns, He Sees Them Everywhere And Creates Them At Any Opportunity In His Play And Also With His Food She Realises That Patience Is The Key To Looking After Danny As Well As Her Well Tried Strategies For Managing Children S BehaviourWith His Father Refusing To Cooperate, It Becomes Increasingly Likely That Danny Will Be Living With Cathy Permanently Until She Gets An Opportunity To Speak Her Piece
Another heartwarming story from Cathy Excellent read This is my first Cathy Glass book that I ve read, and I can t wait to catch up on her stories Saving Danny was touching, charming and inspiring. I won this book through a goodreads giveaway.This was my first Cathy Glass book and I decided to research her before reading and found her story very interesting I started reading Saving Danny yesterday evening and finished it this morning I found myself especially intrigued by Danny s story, probably because I have my own experiences with autism and found myself empathising with some of Danny s behaviour The only thing that annoyed me is that it felt like the word meticulously appeared on every other page, as well as a few other repititions Nevertheless I will be looking out for of Cathy Glass memoirs in the future. When I saw this book, I was compelled to read it While I was familiar with Cathy Glass to the extent of browsing her books, I had never read one before I picked this one up, and the moment I read the blurb I decided that I needed to read it Just from the blurb I realised that it was very likely that Danny, the struggling boy Cathy cared for, was on the autistic spectrum, and wondered how this would be dealt with in the environment of foster care.I hated Danny s parents for much of the book view spoiler , until they finally decided to take Danny back and made an effort as they had not done beforeI certainly intend to use the closed choice strategy on my potentially autistic brother, and praise him Thank you, Cathy hide spoiler Cathy Glass has been a foster carer for than twenty years, and through her books she shares these experiences, and the experiences of the children in her care.This is the story of Danny, who comes into care under a voluntary care order as his parents cannot cope with his learning difficulties Danny finds it difficult to communicate, except with his best friend and rabbit, George.Cathy Glass is not the most technically talented of writers Her prose is quite bland and sometimes filled with unnecessary information, but it is readable and not at all littered with grammar and spelling mistakes But then, she is not a writer to read for her writing, but for the very human stories she tells Every time I read one of her books, I am reminded what a difference some love and patience can make to a child s life Saving Danny, compared to some of her other books, was particularly heartwarming, and had me shedding a few tears Cathy had a chance to shine in this book, with her behavioural strategies and parenting methods It was intriguing to see what an effect her different style had on Danny s behaviour, but at times I felt a bit like it was an advertisment for the parenting book At one point, she explicitly mentioned her parenting book, which didn t help However, it did serve the purpose of showing how different Cathy s style of parenting was to Danny s parents style, and what a difference it made.The ending felt a little abrupt, but that isn t really Cathy s fault as this is a true story Things turned around much quicker than anyone thought they would I was expecting a much different outcome, though view spoiler I am so so glad that this story had a happy ending hide spoiler Saving Danny was a wind of emotions from the start My heart was breaking to read that this little boy was put in foster care because his mother wasn t able to cope and his father completely block him from his life for being different As the story went on, the pieces fit together and I begun to connect the dots It was a sad situation but without Cathy glass help I don t want to think about what would have became of Danny and his parents I think what stood out to me what the part where the dad, Richard, explained that the reason he acted the why he did was because of a family situation he grew up with which connected with every thought and action that came from him and how he just need reinsurance to turn everything around for the sake of his little boy. Danny is a child with special needs His parents couldn t handle any, and could not offer him the required time and patience, they decided to arrange for foster care for him Danny came to Cathy s house an experienced foster caring expert She noticed that at the age of 6, he could barely read stories of sample sentences, has mild difficulties expressing himself, and has times of angriness and no cooperation She and the parents found later on that he is having autism and needs special care At a later stage, his parents regretted the decision taken and made sure to have their child back home they made sure to give the best of support and understanding to Danny. Excellent as always I read it straight through as I simply couldn t put it down. I really enjoyed this book I have no clue why I decided to read it, but Cathy Glass has a way of intriguing you with every little detail about Danny One of my favorite parts in this book was towards the end when Danny s father was able to see how Danny communicated with George his rabbit, and how Danny wasn t quite able to communicated with people as well as George, and how much Danny loved George as a best friend the way Cathy Glass put this scene in perspective for the readers was phenomenal.