The Accidental Teacher: Life Lessons from My Silent Son

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Having severe autism does not stop Annie Lehmann's son Jonah from teaching her some of life's most valuable lessons. The Accidental Teacher, a heartfelt memoir about self-discovery rather than illness, uses insight and humor to weave a tale rich with kitchen-table wisdom. It explains the realities of life with a largely nonverbal son and explores the frustrations and triumphs of the Lehmann family as Jonah grew into a young adult. This book is a must-read for anyone who has been personally touched by a major life...

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Overview

Having severe autism does not stop Annie Lehmann's son Jonah from teaching her some of life's most valuable lessons. The Accidental Teacher, a heartfelt memoir about self-discovery rather than illness, uses insight and humor to weave a tale rich with kitchen-table wisdom. It explains the realities of life with a largely nonverbal son and explores the frustrations and triumphs of the Lehmann family as Jonah grew into a young adult. This book is a must-read for anyone who has been personally touched by a major life challenge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472050741
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: An Autism Memoir
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Missed Milestones 1

Chapter 2 The "Alphabet Soup" of Special Needs 13

Chapter 3 "Celebrating Jonah" 25

Chapter 4 Jonah's "Angels" 35

Chapter 5 A Bargain with G-d 49

Chapter 6 School Days 61

Chapter 7 "Stop Banging the Corn" - Learning a New Vernacular 73

Chapter 8 No Quick Fix 85

Chapter 9 Mother or Martyr? 97

Chapter 10 Bittersweet 107

Chapter 11 Letting Go 119

Chapter 12 "Cows in Canada" 129

Chapter 13 Jonah Now 139

Chapter 14 Every Child is Born to Matter 149

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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