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

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
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I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her Voice 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
thekristencarol More than 1 year ago
I found this book fascinating, inspiring, and moving. It was a quick read which was disappointing because I would have liked to have stayed with Elizabeth and the Author and mother Virginia a bit longer. This book is a worthwhile use of your time, it made me look at my own challenges with more faith and resolve to never give up. Thank you Virginia and Elizabeth!
chalkdust423 More than 1 year ago
A retired former educator, with forty years under my belt, I wish this book was required reading when I was majoring in education in college. Though the focus of this amazing book is about one family's continuing fight to find solutions and coping methods, while facing the challenge of autism, it also provides insight into life lessons about many different situations facing children, parents, and educators. This book has applications towards bullying, peer pressure, self-confidence, and persevering through all challenges one confronts. Through acts of kindness the author discovers the "how people". They are individuals who share their knowledge with the author about issues they are coping with or have coped with for many years. This book is about connections of all sorts! The gifts of friendship and the power of prayer and faith are life changing concepts. It is about ALWAYS putting one foot in front of the other even while the caregivers are worn out, drained (physically and emotionally), and feeling full of despair in one's attempt to create an atmosphere of caring, warmth, nurturing love, tough love, hope, and listening, both to one's own inner "voice" and the voice both spoken and unspoken in others. This book is so important, so inspirational, so necessary that I made it a point to bring it to the attention of the Superintendent of Schools in the district where I spent most of my forty years of teaching. It should be a gift from the Board of Education to EVERY teacher and administrator. It should be on the shelf in every library for parents, students, and people in all walks of life and of all types of employment! The authors live and learn, daily, the need for co-operation, understanding, patience and that love, caring about one another, and being supportive of each others needs are a given, always.
luluLM More than 1 year ago
This is a book that will touch you as you follow the journey of young Elizabeth who is trapped within herself because she cannot speak. Have you ever lost your voice? It's terrible not being able to communicate, can you imagine never being able to speak your thoughts, how would you feel, how would people treat you? Once Elizabeth found her 'voice' she wrote beautiful poems and was able to tell how her thoughts and feelings...thoughts and feelings that really are quite powerful, this is an amazing young girl and a book that will leave it's mark on you and make you want to reach out and hug not only Elizabeth but others who suffer like her. *I received this book in exchange for review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing.
DorianSD More than 1 year ago
I read 'I Am in Here' while on a road trip, and it gave me regular doses of perspective as I went through it. It helped me understand how much I depend on my words, and the words of my family. I'm recommending 'I Am in Here' for anyone that has been touched by autism, and for those who have no direct connection to autism, I encourage you to pick up a copy too. I don't think someone who hasn't looked autism in the face can really understand what goes through those that deal with it every day, but Elizabeth's thoughts and poetry will certainly have you thinking about it anew or differently than you have in the past.
ddmm More than 1 year ago
This is a story of hope,courage but mostly love. A mother's love combined with her daughter's unique gift makes this truly a blessing to any one who reads this book.
DON40 More than 1 year ago
Since i have a great grand child who has this disease i can relate to this and it tugged at my heart also people who do not understand look down on these children it brings tears to my eyes.
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
I Am in Here is the recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; and LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poetry and Elizabeth's explanations were wonderful...didn't care as much for the rest.