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June 1, 2020

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

A couple years ago I read The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida, who has autism and was 13 years old when he wrote it.

Naoki explains his perspectives on life so people can try and understand why people with autism think and act the way they do.

This is a fantastic book for anyone who knows someone with autism, and really helped me look at my son and some of his behavior's in a different light.

There has been a lot in the news lately about an influencer who adopted a boy with special needs, only to "rehome" him 3 years later.

My heart breaks for the boy, but I can only hope that he is now with his "forever family."

This quote from the book resonated with me upon hearing the story of this little boy.

"The hardest ordeal for us is the idea that we are causing grief for other people. We can put up with our own hardships okay, but the thought that our lives are the source of other people's unhappiness, that's plain unbearable.”

I hope all the parties involved can now find true happiness within their hearts.

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