I Am Intelligent A Mother and Daughter's Journey from Heartbreak to Healing Through Autism

ISBN-10: 076277925X

ISBN-13: 9780762779253

Edition: 2012

Authors: Peyton Goddard, Dianne Goddard, Robert A. Friedman

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A riveting memoir of extreme loss and unimaginable gain, this book recounts the story of a child who, although unable to express herself, lives fully aware of her limiting circumstances. Robbed of speech and bodily control, and despite her loving parents’ best efforts to help her, Peyton Goddard suffered neglect and ongoing sexual abuse by many who dismissed her as autistic and severely mentally retarded. Peyton’s violent outbursts and bizarre, self-destructive behavior left her parents terrified at the prospect of having to institutionalize their daughter. No one could have imagined that she possessed a brilliant mind in her uncooperative body until her first opportunity to communicate electronically at age 22 when she typed “I AM INTLGENT," a breakthrough reminiscent ofThe Miracle Worker.After two decades, mother and daughter are finally able to communicate, and Peyton goes on to graduate valedictorian from college.         Her story challenges assumptions that any child, regardless of competence, can be less of a human being. Today Peyton is following through on her vow to be an advocate on behalf of other devalued people. Her inspirational life helps readers transcend stereotypes and join her in the radical notion that, as she says, “All people are vastly valuable. Treasure all because great is each.” 
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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 6/5/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Peyton Goddardhas become the first person using facilitated communication to graduate valedictorian from a U.S. college. Her story has been featured in publications such as theSan Diego Union-Tribuneand she recently co-authored the foreword of a book for K–12 educators entitledCollaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making(Corwin Press, 2010).   Dianne Goddardis a former educator who committed herself to seeking a cure for her daughter’s neurological challenges.    Carol Cujecis a freelance writer.

Author's Note
Seeking a Seat at the Table
Dr. FreedMe
I Am Intlgent
I Want an Education
I Want to Feel So I Can Heal
A Pure Helium Heart
Recommended Resources on Autism and Inclusion
About the Authors
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