I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
If you have an interest in and a compassion for those dealing with autism, this is a must-read. If you don't know much about autism, this will give you a peek into that world and its challenges. I like how it is written with honesty and hope. Read full review
We All Fight a Battle
Living in Two Worlds
On Her Own Terms
Looking for Ability
A Little Help from My Friends
Listening to Trees in Harvard Yard
How People Gallery