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Naoki Higashida’s THE REASON I JUMP


There is not a lot known about autism and I personally do not know anybody diagnosed with the disorder. The are a lot of myths about autism and assumptions made by people like myself who have no second hand experience with the disorder. A book like this gives an amazing insight and perspective into what the disorder is like and the effects confusion and misunderstanding has on those diagnosed with autism.

The book is set out as a series of common questions about autism that Naoki tries to answer. His answers are clear and empathic. They do not offer solutions or any advice but simply convey what dealing with autism is like for him and an attempt to try an explain the reason behind behaviour and emotional responses. There are no clinical explanations just the thoughts and observations of a thirteen year old boy which ultimately give a unique and brilliant insight into a disorder we still know so little about. Interspersed with Naoki’s answers and observations are short stories he has written that further demonstrate the intelligence, empathy and creativity he possesses.

This is a remarkable book about a remarkable disorder written by a remarkable person.

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ISBN: 9781444776775 ISBN-10: 1444776770 Classification: Autobiography: general , Coping with illness & specific conditions , Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Format: Paperback (197mm x 164mm x 15mm) Pages: 192 Imprint: Sceptre Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publish Date: 24-Apr-2014 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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