The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki HigashidaWritten 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.
The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism
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Print eBook Audiobook. This book is an autobiography written by a year-old boy from Japan about what it is like to live with autism. The way autistic people view the world is very different than the way we may perceive them to view the world. This disconnect between how we view and treat people with autism and how they actually view the world makes living with autism is even more difficult than it already is. My notes are informal and often contain quotes from the book as well as my own thoughts. This summary also includes key lessons and important passages from the book.
It was originally published in Japan in and the English translation by Keiko Yoshida and her husband, author David Mitchell , was published in Higashida was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder ASD when he was five years old and has limited verbal communication skills. Several researchers are skeptical of the authenticity of Higashida's writings. Yoshida and Mitchell, who have a child with autism themselves, wrote the introduction to the English-language version. These sections are either memories Higashida shares or parabolic stories that relate to the themes discussed throughout the memoir.