autism

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Several people have recently recommended that I read this book, so I was eager to do so.  How this book was even written shows a great determination by Naoki to share his story.  The author can’t communicate verbally, but instead tapped out the words using an alphabet grid, where he points to the letters and spells out his answers.  This in and of itself is pretty incredible, but then he articulately describes what it’s like to be autistic.  It was a powerful read, but a couple of things really stuck with me.  He talks about how neurotypical people assume that people with autism want to be alone and by themselves, and it makes you think twice about your interactions with people who seem like they want to be by themselves.

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