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

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The inspiring personal journey of a mother and her non-verbal daughter with autism who found a creative way to break through the silence and offer the world an inside look at the mind of an autistic child.
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published October 1st 2011)
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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 more 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 more 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
Florida Daydreaming
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 more of a philosophical book told from her mother's viewpoint...and 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. ...more
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 prob ...more
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 thoug ...more
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 more about her everyday life with TWO autistic children. Instead, I thought she must be a s ...more
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 wh
"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.
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 ...more
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.
Hope R
It was an insightful and sometimes moving book. The poems written by the nonverbal young lady with severe autism were especially moving. The author shares her daughter’s enormous emotional and spiritual depth. The girl’s spiritual insights are especially profound because she is unable to speak. I might have even given the book 5 stars but there were things that I found mildly disturbing. The author has two children with autism, but only speaks of her daughter. She only mentions her husband’s rol ...more
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 po
Dawn Patton
Jan 24, 2014 Dawn Patton rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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 w ...more

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, tea
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 more than 100 poems, in which she talks about her inner wo ...more
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
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 childr ...more
Abbie Riddle
Autism - the diagnosis no mother wants to hear for her child. Yet this very diagnosis has been on the rise more over the past years as people are learning more 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 imagi
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 throug ...more
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 o
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
Gail Welborn
I am in here, by Elizabeth M. Bonker with Virginia G. Breen, Revell Publishers, 2011, 256 Pages, ISBN-10: 0800720717, $16.99

Autism 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.”

The 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 Eliz
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 capt
My preconceived notions and prejudices have been challenged.
Autism is a struggle, just as others struggle with depression or anxiety. It does not equate subhuman, or even differences that cannot be reconciled. We can relate to each other. Thank you, Elizabeth Bonker for helping me realize this truth by sharing yourself through your poetry.
An amazing book.
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 count
Apr 12, 2012 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: This book to anyone with an interest in autism.
Shelves: autism
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 more serious problems. She has been tested at a genuis level. She writes poetry. She sees more 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 ha ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Elena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
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, s
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 more 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 t ...more
With two autistic nephews I have read quite a bit about the subject. Having a book written by someone with the condition provided new insights into my nephew's behaviors. Anyone with an autistic child should read this.
This really made me see autism from a different point of view. The poems are awesome especially considering the ages at which they were written. I have reviewed this at:
Very interesting look into the mind of a very intelligent child with autism.
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