A remarkable memoir by a mother and her autistic daughter, who’d long been unable to communicate, until a miraculous breakthrough revealed a young woman with a rich and creative interior life, a poet, who’d been trapped inside for more than two decades.
I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust: A Memoir of Autism and Hope
September 1, 2020
Courtesy of Valerie Gilpeer
- What is the significance of the title of the book. What imagery does it evoke?
- Once you became aware of how the title fits into the story, how did it make you feel?
- Have you ever had the same sensation in your life?
- For those with family members who have autism, or if you are connected to a person with a disability — did you feel that the book gave you greater insight into the challenges that families experience on a daily basis?
- Now that you know just how pervasively a disability impacts a family, would you do anything different in dealing with that family?
- What, if anything has this book done to change your perception of non-verbal autism?
- If you are an educator, speech therapist occupational therapist, physical therapist, therapist, physician , psychologist or psychiatrist — what are your thoughts about Emily’s breakthrough?
- As to question 8 above, will it change how you address the disability in your professional life? Personal life?
- What about the methodology that Emily uses — Facilitated Communication? Does it make you want to learn more about it? If you were already aware of alternative forms of communication — did the book impact your thoughts about it? How?
- Would you recommend the book to others?
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