Book Recommendation - Fall Down 7 Times, Get up 8

Naoki Higashida breaks barriers of silence by sharing his beautiful and layered voice with the world. Diagnosed with severe nonverbal autism, he has learned to “type out” sentences with an alphabet grit and a QWERTY keyboard. He has been tireless in his resolution to share his story. He has given words that resonate with so many, especially those who are impacted by autism.

What is so profound about this book is Naoki’s ability to take you into his world. He encourages us to avoid setting limitations for individuals with mental health diagnoses. He explains how routine things like rain are processed differently for individuals like him. He helps us see what types of blocks and/or breakthroughs a person with autism might be experiencing. He shares the way his brain journeys through the world from the tangible everyday to his views of what life is about. He implores us not to give up.

His willingness to push down walls, to keep believing in progress and process offers hope and inspiration. In particular, the way he is able to describe his relationship with both his mother and father, showing gratitude in his own way, touches deeply.

This is a must-read book for anyone who is affected by autism. It will help you to find the energy to try again and to keep believing in more for yourself and those around you.

In Naoki’s words: “We all seek courage to stand up again after falling down. It would mean the world to me if this book could occasionally serve as a gentle nudge in the right direction.”




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