The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of A Thirteen-year-old Boy With Autism

Book - 2013
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A story never before told and a memoir to help change our understanding of the world around us, 13-year-old Naoki Higashida's astonishing, empathetic book takes us into the mind of a boy with severe autism. With an introduction by David Mitchell, author of the global phenomenon, Cloud Atlas , and translated by his wife, KA Yoshida.

Naoki Higashida was only a middle-schooler when he began to write The Reason I Jump . Autistic and with very low verbal fluency, Naoki used an alphabet grid to painstakingly spell out his answers to the questions he imagines others most often wonder about him: why do you talk so loud? Is it true you hate being touched? Would you like to be normal? The result is an inspiring, attitude-transforming book that will be embraced by anyone interested in understanding their fellow human beings, and by parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends of autistic children. Naoki examines issues as diverse and complex as self-harm, perceptions of time and beauty, and the challenges of communication, and in doing so, discredits the popular belief that autistic people are anti-social loners who lack empathy.

This book is mesmerizing proof that inside an autistic body is a mind as subtle, curious, and caring as anyone else's.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780345807809
Branch Call Number: 616.858820092 HIG
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, David
Yoshida, Ka

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Elaine727
Aug 23, 2017

This is the most insightful, heart rendering and helpful book I have ever read, in explaining and understanding what someone with autism experiences. I've read many on this subject, but they have been written by experts and by adults who have autism. This is by a 16 year old, using specialized technology and a translator. This is a must-read for parents, teachers, students, neighbours and friends!

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iluvbooks63
Jul 10, 2017

My son has Asperger's with tactile dysfunction and social anxiety, depression and severe panic attacks. He was not diagnosed until age 15, although I knew from the age of 3 (something was different) and proceeded to start researching on my own. He is now 21 and also has cerebral palsy in his feet and hands... but anyway this book really answered some important questions for me that I have asked my son about and he just couldn't put into words... I think this was not necessarily a "story" book, but a good information source.

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conniedaugherty
Apr 17, 2017

I absolutely loved this memoir which was written by a 13-year-old autistic boy by pointing at an alphabet grid. The book is a question and answer format, and the questions help clarify the experience of an autistic mind. I know there are more scientific tomes about autism, but this gives me a sweet understanding and nearly heart-breaking appreciation. Naoki's stories, including one about the afterlife, are surprisingly thought-provoking for such a young person.

JCLTamiT Jan 10, 2017

A quick read with often heart-breaking insight into the mind of a boy with autism. Worth the read.

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amelia622
Sep 17, 2016

This is a quick amazing read. Good for all ages.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Crack the cover for David Mitchell. Stick around for the unique perspective of autism.

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BWilsoned
May 31, 2016

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, should read this book. It's short, not too complicated, and completely amazing! The introduction, by a father who's raising an autistic child, is quite moving and lets us know just how much impact it made on his relationship with his own child. Now that's a testimonial! Even though I do not have an autistic child or work with special needs kids, this book was an amazing eye-opener. Just how Naoki learns how to communicate is amazing in and of itself.

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tikitorch38
Apr 11, 2016

This is the first book I've ever read about autism which will of course shape the way I am now reviewing it. I have volunteered in classrooms with autistic children and there is an autistic child in my extended family and I read this book to try to understand more about what shapes the way an autistic experiences the world. I really enjoyed the learning experience although the translation of the child's voice often sounds like an adult making a younger voice sound "more lyrical and make more sense". I agree with another reader that this autistic child's experience may not echo all autistic children but the insight into understanding why for instance it's hard for some autistic children to expand their eating to other foods, was helpful for me in better understanding this condition.

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uncommonreader
Aug 24, 2015

This book communicates what it is like to live in an unedited, unfiltered world. It challenged my preconceptions and changed my opinions about autism.

loonylovesgood Jun 30, 2015

This was very touching. It was interesting to hear things from his perspective!

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maggielo
Aug 19, 2015

35 copies, autistic child tells how he thinks.

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