Q & A

Question from Michelle for Elizabeth:

I just got your book and absolutely love it. I have recommended it to all of our therapists and friends. To be honest, I have purchased many books about the same subject, but have become bogged down when the authors spent more time trying to determine the cause, or trying to promote their agenda than actually dealing with the fallout of autism: the day to day trials, the emotional struggles, etc. I love the fact that you spoke on the spiritual journey. There are days I wonder how people who don’t believe in God survive their trials of life. Thank you for your transparency. I am grateful for people like you who are fighting the good fight and helping others to do the same.
Question for Elizabeth: We have redirected our daughter to the point of no hand flapping, but I wonder if we have taken away a coping tool and given her nothing in return. She will even catch herself and say, “No hand flapping”. We want her to have ways to satify her need to move and don’t want to make a robot out of her by making her conform to “normal, acceptable” behaviors. At the same time, we want to help her function in society and in her own environment effectively and safely. When you are flapping, spinning, or rocking does it help for someone to touch you or talk to you to get your body to stop moving? Is it frustrating to you when others try to redirect your behaviors?

Elizabeth’s answer: “No, I control myself” to first question and “Yes, I have to flap all the time” to second question. She also typed: “I need an outlet. Stims are not wrong. Stims are helpful for stress.”

Virginia’s answer: I respect Elizabeth’s need to stim to help her with stress. We have also tried to temper disruptive stims (like jumping up and down) so she is not a distraction to her classmates. It is a delicate balance.

Question from Joan for Virginia:

Her Voice –
What method of learning has Elizabeth been taught? Was it RPM? I hope when you are on TV Nov 9th that you tell about RPM if that is the method you use. Out of 1000 reports of doctors, professors, specialist, teachers only one showed results and that was RPM taught by Soma from Texas. What a waste of paper, time and money – only one out of a 1000 actually helped over 800 Autistic children. Today the number is much higher that she has helped.

Virginia’s response: Yes! Elizabeth has been taught to communicate using Soma Mukhopadhyay’s Rapid Prompting Method. There is a link to her website in the Internet Resources section of this website. I Am in Here talks a lot about Soma and her hero status for so many non-verbal children and adults.

Question for Elizabeth:

How do you want to introduce your book?

Elizabeth’s response: I want people to find peace in my book. I want them to read my prayers with understanding. Be at peace. God loves you.


Question for Virginia:

What do you hope to accomplish by publishing I Am in Here?

Virginia’s response: Elizabeth has an inspiring message of hope for all of us. She has overcome so much and found a voice to speak for those who cannot yet speak for themselves. Our children are in there! We must never stop trying to reach them, educate them and heal them. We hope this book gives parents and children encouragement to fight the battle another day.

We all fight battles in our daily lives. Whatever your battle, we hope you draw strength from our stories of How People who show courage in the face of great challenges. Together, we are mounting a quiet revolution of hope and taking steps to move our lives forward.