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

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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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User Review  - justindtapp - LibraryThing

I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her Voice is an interesting book basically co-written by a mother (Breen) and her autistic daughter (Bonker). The daughter ... Read full review

loved the way it was written

User Review  - new2you - Christianbook.com

really enjoyed this book, gave me a greater insight into 'not looking on the outward appearance' but looking on the inside. Just because a person can't speak doesn't mean they don't have feelings! Wonderfully warm inspirational book. I learnt a lot from reading it. 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
75
A Little Help from My Friends
91
Listening to Trees in Harvard Yard
107
Relentless Parenting
119
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137
Epilogue
227
How People Gallery
235
Acknowledgments
241
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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.

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