Virginia Green is an ordinary mother. Elizabeth is an extra ordinary girl. She is funny, intelligent, compassionate, observant, yet she struggles with one thing: communication. It’s not that she doesn’t want to, she physically can’t. She’s trying though!
Through hard work determination and sheer pig headedness, Elizabeth’s mother discovers how to teacher to communicate, through a letter board. Painstakingly long winded, however very effective.
It unlocks Elizabeth’s world.
This book is a mother’s story, interspersed with Elizabeth’s poetry, written to explain and communicate with the world. And she does it remarkably well.
In the book, Virginia Green mentions this YouTube clip, made by a non verbal autistic friend of Elizabeth’s. It is well worth watching:
Green is not afraid to tell the dark times and how hard their battle is, as well as the joyous break throughs and progress stories.
This is is a wonderfully written heart felt battle for a mother to help Elizabeth to function fully in a normal, fully inclusive and fully speaking world.
Well worth a read, even if you do not know someone with autism.
Not a day goes by
That I don’t feel a need to cry
And question why
I am trapped in here
Hearing voices all around me
But not able to break free
And join them