Many people underestimate the capacity for learning and growing in children with autism. I know my grandson gets so frustrated sometimes and lasses out physically because he can't express what's going on in his mind. The reality is that this book is a melodramatic memoir which includes a main topic of having a daughter with autism. I stroked her hair softly. Yes, the negative and scary behaviors were mentioned, but they did not get as much attention as I would have liked to get a more balanced understanding of the disorder. I haven't ever fully understood the dynamics or impact of this diagnosis or the impact on a person's life. I truly applaud the perseverance and courage of the the mother who has refused to just give in to status quo treatment.
The title and authorship of this book would lead the reader to think that it is written by, and about, an adolescent with autism. This was an odd book. This beautiful young woman was given the gift of poetry writing to express her feelings and ideas since she can't do this orally. I think it would have been a better book, albeit, short and sweet, with just the poems and the short descriptions of what Elizabeth meant to reflect in them. It leads to a hypothesis is that autistic kids may be more sensitive to the spiritual world and warfare than neurotypicals. I was expecting more about the actual journey that the family experienced in dealing with Elizabeth's autism.
In all our struggles, our ongoing redemption is the loving goal of our heavenly Father. Unfortunately, this inspirational message about overcoming the struggles of Autism with strategies does not last long. Her mom tells us about her struggles and how she has overcome them from when she was a baby to middle school. 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. I can not imagine living my life in this type of personal prison.
Absolutely inspiring, mind opening and heartbreaking. Her poetry touches your soul. For example, there was an entire chapter comparing capital venture funding and autism. The mother comes from a business profession, and this is evident in the writing. Both parents and educators should teach independent typing to children with autism who remain nonverbal. Elizabeth was determined to communicate and express what she held deep inside. Elizabeth's first words when she was able to type were 'Agony.
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. It was about a girl with Autism who used a letter board to speak and write poems. Breen is the mother of three beautiful children, two of whom are profoundly affected by autism. This book may inspire you. Having been dealt their hand in life, their focus shifts to how they can find whatever healing and wholeness is possible.
Maybe parents of children with autism would find this book more engaging and inspiring but as a professional in the field I would not recommend it. 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. Summary 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. Very little is said about how they got to where they are today. This read a bit more like a presentation with powerpoint than a book, but it was fairly short and I didn't have any problem getting through it.
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. Although she cannot speak, Elizabeth writes poetry that shines a light on the inner world of autism and the world around us. And trying to speak every day In some kind of way. She sees more problems in the world, than other children. In addition she taught her to see the world inhabited by two kinds of people. It is both agonizingly painful to read and surprisingly uplifting. 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.
She only partly does this with one treatment - and the response was more an example of an emotion journey on the part of the mother. This poetry, in the book, tells her story- her feeling of being locked in a body, with no way to communicate her feelings, other than in unacceptable ways. Granted, they were sometimes difficult to understand, and she was not speaking in sentences, but I got the impression from the book that she could not speak at all. I would have loved to hear about Elizabeth's brother who is also diagnosed with autism. And Virginia never lost hope that her daughter would one day find her voice.
This is not a typical middle or lower class family. This is fair enough, I have nothing against people having faith. This wonderful book invites the reader into the world of an autistic person. God: Learning Each Other 14. This would be useful if this were a self help book rather then a memoir, and if she had the endorsement, or even more universal experience, to back these ideas up. I stroked her hair softly. I was expecting more about the actual journey that the family experienced in dealing with Elizabeth's autism.
This book was good and I am glad I got to read it. These parts of the book frustrate me as they have a very unique situation that most parents could never obtain. Our family has been blessed with a non-verbal autistic child. Elizabeth's poetry is artistic, succinct, and thought-provoking. I would have loved to hear about Elizabeth's brother who is also diagnosed with autism.