Thursday, 14 November 2013

Better Understanding Autism: The Reason I Jump


Naoki Higashida was born in 1992 and was diagnosed with autism when he was 5. One of his teachers designed an alphabet grid to help Naoki communicate his thoughts, which were then printed into a book in Japan in 2007.

This book gets rid of many misunderstandings such as the idea that people with autism don’t feel or understand emotions, can’t empathise, and don’t have a sense of humour or imagination. In this book, 13-year-old Naoki Higashida answers questions about what it’s like to live with autism, and why he behaves the way he does, or finds certain things difficult. This brilliant book has been made into an Audio Book [update: since deleted from YouTube. Was on the BBC iPlayer].


Naoki Higashida pictured smiling by his computer.

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