A First-Hand Account of Severe Autism

Naoki Hidishida has severe, nonverbal . an alphabet grid he was able to document his experiences of in his book, The Reason I Jump , when he was 13 years old. Fall Down Times, Get Up 8 (excerpted below) is his further account of life a young adult navigating the world with autism, and was translated by the novelist David Mitchell with KA Yoshida. I. ’s Day 2011 There are children who cannot say “Thanks for everything, Mom.” There may be mothers who are saddened by this, and there may be mothers who feel a kind of grief over never receiving a bunch of carnations on ’s Day. I’ll never truly experience the sorrow mothers are feeling, I’m afraid, but I do know exactly what those children who can’t express their gratitude are going through. Mother’s Day is supposed to be the time of when we show our appreciation for everything our mothers, who we love, do for us. In my case, however, I’m unable to utter even a simple “thank you.” It’s wretched and it’s miserable. I’m sure that if a nonverbal person like me speak fluently all of a […]

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