The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

ISBN-10

0812994876

ISBN-13

978-0812994872

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Description

You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.

In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. “It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.” This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki’s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.

What You’ll Learn By Reading “The Reason I Jump”.

  • Learn what autistic children are feeling and thinking about in different situations.
  • Enlighten those who may have a tough time understanding behaviors that are not considered “typical”.
  • Build solid foundations for creating better relationships.
  • Ability to relate to individuals on the spectrum.
  • Offers up evidence that locked inside the helpless-seeming autistic body is a mind as curious, subtle and complex as yours, as mine, as anyone’s.

Why We Recommend It

  • JON STEWART LABELED IT AS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE BOOKS HE'S EVER READ. MOVING, EYE-OPENING, AND INCREDIBLY VIVID.
  • OPENS YOUR EYES IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT HELPS FROM A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE YOU CARE FOR.
  • CLEAR ANSWERS TO MANY OF THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE ON OUR MIND.
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY EDUCATORS AND BEHAVIORAL PROFESSIONALS.
  • A BLUEPRINT ON COMMUNICATION THROUGH THE WRITTEN WORD.

Our Verdict

A book written by a 13 year old boy with Autism that will completely transform your perceptions. Tailored for those craving a glimpse into a world that only a few find sacred. Words that will leave you speechless while giving you the necessary tools to form better relationships with your Autistic loved ones. It’s a respectful lyrical simulation of what it feels like to walk in an autistic boy’s shoes.

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