I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her Voice (Google eBook)

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Baker Books, Oct 15, 2011 - Religion - 256 pages
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She looked into my eyes and blinked hers slowly and deliberately, like a stroke victim, to show me that although she couldn't speak, she understood what I was saying to her. I stroked her hair softly. 'I know you're in there, honey,' I told her. 'We'll get you out.'"
Despite the horror of seeing fifteen-month-old Elizabeth slip away into autism, her mother knew that her bright little girl was still in there. When Elizabeth eventually learned to communicate, first by using a letterboard and later by typing, the poetry she wrote became proof of a glorious, life-affirming victory for this young girl and her family.

I Am in Here is the spiritual journey of a mother and daughter who refuse to give up hope, who celebrate their victories, and who keep trying to move forward despite the obstacles. Although she cannot speak, Elizabeth writes poetry that shines a light on the inner world of autism and the world around us. That poetry and her mother's stirring storytelling combine in this inspirational book to proclaim that there is always a reason to take the next step forward--with hope.
  

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Review: I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice

User Review  - Lifewithautismandbipolar - Goodreads

The title and authorship of this book would lead the reader to think that it is written by, and about, an adolescent without autism. The reality is that this book is a melodramatic memoir which ... Read full review

Review: I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice

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I think this book was simply incredible Read full review

Contents

We All Fight a Battle
21
Buried Treasures
31
Living in Two Worlds
41
On Her Own Terms
65
Looking for Ability Not Disability
75
A Little Help from My Friends
91
Listening to Trees in Harvard Yard
107
Relentless Parenting
119
A View from Tibet
161
Learning Each Other
175
A Wing and a Prayer
193
The Secret of How
209
Epilogue
227
How People Gallery
235
Acknowledgments
241
Notes
243

Be Flexible
137
We All Have Our Stories
149

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About the author (2011)

Elizabeth M. Bonker is a teen with autism who cannot speak but who writes deeply revealing poetry, which was featured on PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.

Virginia G. Breen is the mother of three children, two of whom are profoundly affected by autism. She has spread Elizabeth's message of hope on television with PBS, Fox News, and The 700 Club, and through a TEDMED talk at the Kennedy Center.

Visit www.iaminherebook.com for more.

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