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I highly recommend it to seasoned professionals in the field of autism and students preparing for careers in special education. 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.

Annie Lubliner Lehmann, a freelance writer for more than twenty-five years, has published articles in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Detroit Free Press.

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She resides in Michigan with her husband and two of her three children. Her eldest son, who inspired this memoir, is now a young adult with autism who lives in a supervised home. Original Title. Other Editions 3.

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Sort order. Jul 23, Erin rated it it was ok. You could tell this book was not written by a seasoned author, but it was interesting to get an inside perspective on what it's like as a mother raising a disabled child. Wow, I thought parenting was hard period but this book makes it look like a cake-walk; this book shows how impossibly difficult it can get. The most redeeming part for me was how it gave me a window into this mother's head - her thought process, emotional process, throughout raising her son, and it was both relieving and shocki You could tell this book was not written by a seasoned author, but it was interesting to get an inside perspective on what it's like as a mother raising a disabled child.

I don't have a disabled child, but the general neurosis that parents mothers, maybe tend to feel in this modern day and age, is the very same.

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It was disturbing in the sense that to witness it as an unattached observer made me realize how absolutely NEUROTIC and diseased that kind of thinking is. I did really appreciate her blunt candor in sharing her truly ambivalent emotions - wanting to just "send" her son away for some much needed relief from the intense responsibilities and difficulties of caring for him, while also never wanting him to be taken care of by anyone but herself and incredibly determined to do just that. I too feel such ambivalent feelings about parenting, which I had been too afraid to show as I did not know those feelings were "normal" or that it's not "just me" or that it doesn't mean I am a bad parent.

So again, what a relief to know none of that is true! The other best part of this book is when she finally realizes that she for so long had not accepted her son as he is; she was holding on to her expectations of him improving, and constantly comparing him to other children. This a good reminder for all parents that we unconsciously don't accept our children as they are now for a variety of reasons, such as if they are ill we constantly anxiously expecting their wellness to the degree that we miss out on the moments NOW.

Accepting NOW as it is does not meet inaction, it simply means being completely present for and with your child, while taking the actions you can to help your child. Jul 31, Julie rated it really liked it.

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Like I need to read another book written by an autism mother. I should just write my own. So far, though, this one's realistic about the challenges and refers to the peddlers of supplements and other false hope cures as "snake-oil salesmen. This is an unflinching memoir.

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This mom tried everything. Her son still has autism. He still needs special care as an adult. She doesn't need to sound apologetic. That's reality. Having money helps, and she wonders abou Like I need to read another book written by an autism mother.

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Having money helps, and she wonders about the fates of other families and individuals like mine who don't have the resources her family has - something Jenny McCarthy sure doesn't seem to get. This is a quick read and well done.