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


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Kacey, December 11, 2013 (view all comments by Kacey)
While this book received a lot of hype, I didn't find it as insightful as everyone was saying. I understand that since we're still struggling to understand autism and how best to help, any insight into what these children are experiencing is extremely valuable. However, compared to the book "Carly's Voice", "The Reason I Jump" doesn't provide a lot of tips on how to help. Naomi Higashida, the author of this book, focuses on encouraging caregivers to not give up. For some, this may be exactly what they need to hear. Regardless, this is a necessary read for anyone who knows or works with someone with autism.
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Rosebud, November 29, 2013 (view all comments by Rosebud)
Have you wondered how an autistic brain works? This fascinating and very readable translation of questions posed to a thirteen-year-old autistic boy plus his answers (spelled out on a tablet, since he cannot talk)provide insights, humor, and inspiration for all of us.
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Angela Kopshy, November 1, 2013 (view all comments by Angela Kopshy)
I work with autism. Some of the children with whom I work are really struggling to communicate in a way we can understand and this book provided a lot of insight into what they might be thinking, feeling, or experiencing. I really liked the way the book was organized and quickly dog-eared questions that I'd come back to again later. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who is touched by autism. The insight is invaluable. Well done, Naoki!
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The Lost Entwife, October 5, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
To be honest, I would not have picked up The Reason I Jump on my own. I just so happened to win it in a drawing provided by the publisher and then, during the middle of the day the other day, I picked it up and thought... "hm, it's not that long." So I opened it up and dove in, starting with David Mitchell's introduction.
David Mitchell is an author I'm familiar with. I've read two of his books now and the introduction was so different from his fiction that it made me feel a close bond to the author. He is candid in speaking of his autistic son and the resources available to parents with autistic children. His honesty and, as a result, vulnerability, primed me to read the words of Naoki Higashida. I cannot think of a better opening for this book and would encourage everyone who picks up The Reason I Jump to make sure to read it and not skim or skip it completely.

Throughout The Reason I Jump , also, are illustrations. They are beautiful and should be enjoyed quietly while you let what you've just read come to rest in your mind. Don't let the size of the book fool you - you shouldn't rush through it. Rather, take your time, look at the illustrations, and think about everything you've just read. My mind was blown on numerous occasions.

As far as the answers given by Higashida, himself. I was stunned that a 13 year old boy had the presence of mind to be able to answer the questions in as much depth as he does. With a wisdom beyond his age, and putting to shame anyone who might think that someone with autism is incapable of having adult thoughts, he methodically answers each question with every tool at his disposal. He uses examples, metaphors, and similes to get his point across and to help us understand what it is like for him.

I found The Reason I Jump to be a beautiful book. I learned more about autism in this small book than I have learned through watching numerous shows and reading literature on it. I highly recommend it, and don't steer clear of it if you don't personally know someone with autism. My interaction is limited, I admit, but it's good to know.
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code7r, September 15, 2013 (view all comments by code7r)
“The Reason I Jump” was originally published in 2007 in Japanese by a 13 year old autistic boy. It was translated into English in 2013. Naoki Higashida was pretty much a non-verbal autistic. He learned to spell out words through the use of an alphabet grid.

In his book, Naoki answers common questions that people have about what it is like to be autistic. Some examples are: Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking? Is it true that you hate being touched? and Why do you flap your fingers and hands in front of your face?

Naoki tries to answer each question so that the reader fully understands it. He is well spoken and not shy about why he does some things that people find strange. I think that this book would be an excellent tool in the school classroom. If children read what it is like for Naoki to be a non-verbal autistic, then perhaps they would have more empathy and also maybe to try being friends with someone who is different.

This was definitely an interesting peek into the mind of an autistic!

**I received this book from the Goodreads Members Giveaways. It did not influence my review.**
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The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Higashida, Naoki
Yoshida, Ka
Mitchell, David
Mitchell, David
Random House
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Product details 176 pages Random House - English 9780812994865 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A rare road map into the world of severe autism....[Higashida’s] insights...unquestionably give those of us whose children have autism just a little more patience, allowing us to recognize the beauty in ‘odd’ behaviors where perhaps we saw none.”
"Review" by , “Please don’t assume that The Reason I Jump is just another book for the crowded autism shelf....This is an intimate book, one that brings readers right into an autistic mind — what it’s like without boundaries of time, why cues and prompts are necessary, and why it’s so impossible to hold someone else’s hand. Of course, there’s a wide range of behavior here; that’s why ‘on the spectrum’ has become such a popular phrase. But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes.”
"Review" by , “Surely one of the most remarkable books yet to be featured in these pages.”
"Review" by , The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone....I had to keep reminding myself that the author was a thirteen-year-old boy when he wrote this...because the freshness of voice coexists with so much wisdom. This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.”
"Review" by , “[Higashida] illuminates his autism from within....Anyone struggling to understand autism will be grateful for the book and translation.”
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