I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice (2020)

I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice Elizabeth M. Bonker Virginia G. Breen 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
  • Title: I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice
  • Author: Elizabeth M. Bonker Virginia G. Breen
  • ISBN: 9780800723330
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice Elizabeth M. Bonker Virginia G. Breen 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 bShe 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.
I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice Elizabeth M. Bonker Virginia G. Breen

  • READ AUDIOBOOK ✓ I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice - by Elizabeth M. Bonker Virginia G. Breen
    237 Elizabeth M. Bonker Virginia G. Breen
  • thumbnail Title: READ AUDIOBOOK ✓ I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice - by Elizabeth M. Bonker Virginia G. Breen
    Posted by:Elizabeth M. Bonker Virginia G. Breen
    Published :2020-05-23T16:38:22+00:00

One thought on “I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak But Finds Her Voice

  1. Angela

    This book was very challenging for me to get through When I got to the part of the book where the author first mentions that she runs a venture capital fund the book made a lot sense The writing has the tone of someone who works in that field A lot of catch phrases, quick inspirational works, very little substance I was expecting about the actual journey that the family experienced in dealing with Elizabeth s autism Instead the book is very much focused on the experience of being a mother of a [...]

  2. Lucy Dawson

    I started off enjoying this book, for the first few pages It was about a girl with Autism who used a letter board to speak and write poems Very inspirational.Unfortunately, this inspirational message about overcoming the struggles of Autism with strategies does not last long.The author of this monstrosity, the girls mother, quickly turns to talk about how how she wants to cure her daughter and son s autism She visits lots of quack doctors and puts her daughter through painful medical trials to c [...]

  3. SweetCheeses And Coffee Dreams

    My mom gave this book to me as a gift, and we read it simultanously When I saw the cover and the description, I was pretty excited to read it I thought it was Elizabeth s story, and although it does have her poems, and some of her thoughts in the book, this is of a philosophical book told from her mother s viewpointd there are many parallels drawn to things I could not relate to at all as a mother For example, there was an entire chapter comparing capital venture funding and autism Although we [...]

  4. Sara Ray

    This is an amazing book from many perspectives Elizabeth is a non verbal autistic child who begins to communicate through her original poetry written on a letter board I was most fascinated by the thoughts and feelings she was able to express Elizabeth s spiritual depth and maturity seem to be right up there with the theologians and Christian writers highlighted in the book Our family has been blessed with a non verbal autistic child Although she is still quite young, we know that her thoughts a [...]

  5. Allison

    I found this to be an interesting read about a mother and daughter s struggle with autism I learned some things I had not realized about autism like that there are biological manifestations which chronic digestive tract problems It was also fascinating to read the eloquent poetry of from a gifted child that can not speak However, somewhere in the middle of the book it takes an unexpected turn to religion and spirituality While I understand that the challenges of raising a disabled child probably [...]

  6. Krystal

    I Am in Here is a very personal story of one mother s journey with Autism This book was good and I am glad I got to read it As a behavioral therapist specializing in autism, I had some worries with this book It was a great perspective to have the knowledge of now I have passed the book onto co worker, but am not singing it s praises.

  7. Cresanna Kahrl

    Elizabeth s poems are incredible Toward the end, the narrative became less interesting to me and I skimmed some of that, but despite that this book is another good source of insight into the autism experience.

  8. Tosh

    I read this a few years ago so the details are fuzzy, but I remember thinking how revealing this was on the inner person of someone with autism I loved how she expressed herself through poetry.

  9. MJ (The Book Recluse Review)

    The title and authorship of this book would lead the reader to think that it is written by, and about, an adolescent with autism The reality is that this book is a melodramatic memoir which includes a main topic of having a daughter with autism It also includes many trips down memory lanes by the main author of the book Virginia Elizabeth s mother Many of these ventures are quite interesting She graduated from Harvard, seems to travel extensively, and can pick up and fly across the country for h [...]

  10. Carol

    Because I have a daughter who works with autistic children, I am often attracted to books about autism, or novels whose main character is autistic When I saw the title, I Am in Here, I knew I had to read this one I have had the opportunity to spend time with one of these special autistic children, and one of my constant remarks is, I wonder what is going on in his head I SO wish I knew If I, as an acquaintance, feel this way, I can t begin to imagine what it must be like as a parent, teacher, or [...]

  11. Justin Tapp

    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 Elizabeth cannot speak but learned to communicate externally via a letter board, and now uses a robot to remotely attend high school classes according to the Facebook page She writes poetry, and it was through her poetry that her mother and therapists were able to learn how she was feeling and what she was [...]

  12. Abbie Riddle

    Autism the diagnosis no mother wants to hear for her child Yet this very diagnosis has been on the rise over the past years as people are learning about it I have been around children with autism, known parents with autistic children of varying levels I haven t ever fully understood the dynamics or impact of this diagnosis or the impact on a person s life This book is one that moves a person to a deeper understanding and compassion for those suffering from autism I can not imagine living my li [...]

  13. Dawn Patton

    A very inspiring story of a mother s love for her autistic child Fortunately for this family they have the funds to search for a cure and are able to employee the help they need in the care of their child I know that the determination they have to find a cure and methods to educate their child will benefit other children with autism My daughter keeps trying to find the right person through school programs that will be best for my grandson who is extremely high functioning yet has his issues with [...]

  14. Christine Daniels

    This mother daughter duo will cheer you on, whatever your battle is in life Because I have a friend with an autistic son the same age as my daughter, I was drawn to read this book Much of what I read has application to anyone suffering with a chronic long term illness or disability I truly applaud the perseverance and courage of the the mother who has refused to just give in to status quo treatment You will be amazed and delighted at the depths of this family s love for their autistic children E [...]

  15. Dan

    Those that know me know that I am not much of a reader as it seems to take me months to finish reading books However I found that once I starting reading this book, I couldn t put it down Thank you, Dr Ed Sonnenberg of Flanders Pediatric Dentistry LLC, for recommending this book to me.I highly recommend this book to anyone that has worked with special needs folks as well as those that have or know folks that have autism In reading this book, I kept thinking of my BFF s nephew JJ as well as one p [...]

  16. Karen

    I really enjoyed this book that gave Elizabeth a voice while reflecting her mom s experience as her parent I thought it was great that they could both share some of the struggles they face because of autism while at the same time conveying the gifts they have found in this life circumstance The way that they wove their faith through their story was admirable One of my favorite passages was on page 191 where where Virginia talks about the day to day role she and other parents of children with spe [...]

  17. Patricia Tilton

    Elizabeth was diagnosed with autism at age 13 months and lost her ability to speak at 15 months Until then, she was progressing normally In their attempt to reach Elizabeth,her parents worked with a woman who developed teaching method called Rapid Prompting Method RPM The program worked for Elizabeth She began to write single word answers and then full sentences with a letterboard From ages seven to thirteen, Elizabeth has written than 100 poems, in which she talks about her inner world and her [...]

  18. Iamshadow

    This read a bit like a presentation with powerpoint than a book, but it was fairly short and I didn t have any problem getting through it I think the story could have done with a bit of a conventional focus on the family and their history Elizabeth s own experiences seemed to take a bit of a back seat to her mother s, and her also autistic brother barely gets a mention Her explanations of her poems are nice, but seem oddly placed at times in relation to the subject of the rest of the text This [...]

  19. eLPy

    While I have not finished this book I have been moved by it from the very beginning, and often to tears This is a true story about a girl diagnosed with Autism at a very young age and who cannot speak because of it It is honest and insightful as the girl s mother narrates us through their timeline of events searching for answers, solutions, cures, and most of all understanding Throughout the book you can read some of her daughter s own words and poetry, writing serves her as the medium through w [...]

  20. Paula Ackley

    About two years ago while attending the All God s Children Worship service for young and special needs kids at my church I was offered a free copy of I Am in Here Actually, everyone in the room was offered a copy Elizabeth s family and I belong to the same congregation and Ray Bonker was giving out the books to help raise autism awareness.I have read Elizabeth s poems over the years and I am still in awe of what she can put down on paper This beautiful young woman was given the gift of poetry wr [...]

  21. LaDawn

    This was an odd book I liked parts of it, but like other reviewers, I found it hard to relate to this mom I don t begrudge her wealth and her ability to be there for her kids, but it does make it harder to really understand her Does that even make sense having said that, I also admire her for her efforts to make friends and be a true friend to people from all walks of life However, I wanted to read about her everyday life with TWO autistic children Instead, I thought she must be a single mom fo [...]

  22. Gail Welborn

    I am in here, by Elizabeth M Bonker with Virginia G Breen, Revell Publishers, 2011, 256 Pages, ISBN 10 0800720717, 16.99Autism headlined television news as well as Time Magazine, April 9 with reports of new research on autism that found Mom s Obesity, Diabetes Linked with Autism and Developmental Delays tinyurl btm6zocThe news coincided with an amazing new book on autism, written by a mother and autistic daughter that should be on everyone s reading list Thirteen year old Elizabeth Bonkers becam [...]

  23. Kaylea

    Powerful is one word you can use to describe the book I Am In Here, by Elizabeth M Bonker and Virginia G Breen.The story told through the Elizabeth s poetry and Virginia s memories, highlight the strength and determination of both mother and daughter.Elizabeth s words, told through her poetry and brief descriptions of the works, truly highlight her determination to break through the chains of silence brought on by autism Through her memories and in telling Elizabeth s story, Virginia captures wh [...]

  24. Crystal

    This books touched my heart, It was simple but the Bible says the faith of child Absolutely inspiring, mind opening and heartbreaking A book that will take you to all extremes of emotion as you begin to understand these children A true spiritual journey takes place, as the mother and daughter refuse to give up hope even when unbelievable obstacles stand in their way Elizabeth, when receiving the proper help, learns to express her hidden thoughts in a highly intelligent way using poetry to expres [...]

  25. Nancy

    I listened to this book on my MP3 player I checked it out from our library I have a grandson, who has been diagnoised as ADHD and autistism He is very verbal The daughter in this book is nonverbal, and has many serious problems She has been tested at a genuis level She writes poetry She sees problems in the world, than other children The authur also has an autistic son, and she doesn t talk as much about him He is verbal She finally mentioned an older daughter, who doesn t have the problem She [...]

  26. Elena

    The book was very meaningful to me, first because I know Elizabeth and her family and second because I taught elementary and middle school children for 40 years, retiring in 2004 Every once in a while I would have a child who stood out from the rest of his her peers Little was known about children with autism when I first started teaching or the different degrees and categories of autism Elizabeth and her family have made me, through reading Ginnie and Elizabeth s book, wish I was 22 again, so I [...]

  27. Jennifer

    Having just started this book I will give it a chance, but so far I have a really hard time identifying with this parent.This book is written by the mother of two autistic children, but the book focuses only on her daughter, who is non verbal, but is able to type in a hunt and peck style, by which she writes short, concise, poems It is interesting to hear the stories told from the daughter s point of view The mother is a venture capitalist, the dad is a stay at home dad Mom searches the country [...]

  28. Vivian

    This is the story of a girl, Elizabeth, who developed normally until the age of 15 months, when after routine inoculations she immediately regressed into an autistic silence I am not against vaccines, but I do think that the practice of giving multiple shots at one time can have devastating consequences Elizabeth Bonker is now an extremely bright teen IQ164 who learned to communicate with great difficulty, and expresses herself through poems It is an interesting book, and very enlightening as to [...]

  29. Shona

    Elizabeth s poetry revealed a thoughtful, compassionate, as well as a frustrated child trapped within herself There are fragments of understanding autism through the mother s words which were her experience of having a child with autism And herein is where the book strays We read about the mother s experience with her child, as well as seriously going off on tangents such as her business philosophy of how to people, to her experiences with her best friend, etc and etc There is too much of the m [...]

  30. Tricia Rogers

    I could relate to a lot of the Mom s feelings in this book as well as the frustration she and her daughter felt Been there personally with my son However, to me the story was a little unrealistic in the way the parents could just fly across the world looking for special therapists, treatments, doctors opinions, etc They must be millionaires It is not that easy in the Arkansas Delta However, it also shows that Autism is not a respecter of persons as even though they had the money for the therapis [...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *