While doing some research this week, I fortuitously rediscovered the art of Stephen Wiltshire. I still vividly remember as a child, only a year older than Stephen himself, watching his uncanny ability to recreate architectural detail in the 1986 QED documentary… 518 more words
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Naoki is a 22-year-old Japanese man who has written dozens of books and short stories in his short life. He has published over 20 works of fiction and non-fiction, including his autobiographical THE REASON I JUMP an international best seller written when he was 13. 566 more words
I’m continuing the discussion here today because The Reason I Jump is an important book. Naoki Hagashida, at age 13, answered questions about autism from his viewpoint, and while his experiences are not the same as probably anyone else’s on the spectrum, his thoughts provide insight, and provoke thought, neither of which can be bad for those of us who desperately want a glimpse into the minds of our children. 331 more words
Autism is a developmental disorder. Often appearing during the first three years of a person’s life, it affects the brain’s ability to develop social and communication skills. 474 more words
Summary (from Goodreads):
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You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.