The Accidental Teacher

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-02
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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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. Book jacket.

Author Biography

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. 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Missed Milestonesp. 1
The "Alphabet Soup" of Special Needsp. 13
"Celebrating Jonah"p. 25
Jonah's "Angels"p. 35
A Bargain with G-dp. 49
School Daysp. 61
"Stop Banging the Corn" - Learning a New Vernacularp. 73
No Quick Fixp. 85
Mother or Martyr?p. 97
Bittersweetp. 107
Letting Gop. 119
"Cows in Canada"p. 129
Jonah Nowp. 139
Every Child is Born to Matterp. 149
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