New books like 13-year-old Naoki Higashida's 'The Reason I Jump' open up the world of the autistic child, and show a way to listen with your heart
NEW DELHI :
Two of the most well-known authors to describe their struggles with autism are Temple Grandin and Daniel Tammet. By portraying their life journeys, these individuals exhibit their grit and tenacity to carve niches for themselves and make a mark on the world. Grandin, besides being one of the most vocal and notable activists for the rights of autistics, has also designed a humane and unique livestock-handling machine. In her memoir, Thinking in Pictures, Grandin illustrates how she is a visual thinker but has a hard time comprehending words. In Born on a Blue Day, Tammet illustrates his behavioural oddities like counting the number of items of clothing he is wearing before leaving home and using electronic scales to measure exactly 45g of porridge for breakfast. However, despite his difficulties, Tammet has impressive achievements to his credit, like setting the European record for reciting the digits of Pi from memory to over 22,000 places. He also has a facility for learning foreign languages.