‘The Reason I Jump’ – radio show on autism

There is a really insightful book of the week on Radio 4 this week, of particular interest to carers of those on the autism spectrum. It is called ‘The Reason I Jump’, and it is written by a thirteen year old autistic boy named Naoki Higashida. It is introduced and translated partly by David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas.

It’s definitely worth a listen as it is an articulate look at the many difficulties and misunderstandings those with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome face. More information on the project, including interviews with the author and with David Mitchell, can be found here.

There have already been three instalments which you can catch on the BBC Iplayer here. The second two parts are on the following two days (27th and 28th of June) at 10.30am and 12.30am. The book is also available from online retailers.

If you are a carer for a child on the autistic spectrum, learning disabilities or with ADHD,  we run a group at Southwark Carers called Additude, It is designed to be a forum where carers can meet other carers, as well as hear speakers from relevant organisations that work in the field. It is on the second Wednesday of every month, the next one being on the 10th of July. Please ring 02077084497 and ask for Joe if you would like any further information.

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