The reason I jump / Naoki Higashida ; translated by K.A. Yoshida and David Mitchell ; with an introduction by David Mitchell.
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: London : Sceptre,
ISBN: 9781444776751 (hbk.) : 9781444776768 (ebook) :
Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only 13, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - such as about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves. Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.
180 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm
This book is essential reading for any parent or carer of an autistic child. Naoki Higashida is severely autistic but he gives exceptional insight in to the autistic mind. The book is in the form of questions and answers eg Why do people with autism often cup their ears? and Naoki answers from his perspective. Naoki is an accomplished story teller and the short story at the end of this slim volume is unforgettable. He finishes with a thought provoking afterword which contains the following statement which I found so sad - 'Thhere were so many things I couldn't do like other people, and having to apologise day in , day out totally drained me of hope. I hope after reading this book I will have a better understanding of this baffling condition.
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