Multcolib Picks: While you wait for...The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

The Mind Tree
The Mind Tree A Miraculous Child Breaks the Silence of Autism By Mukhopadhyay, Tito Rajarshi (Book - 2003 ) 818.6 M953m 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Presents autobiographical prose and poetry by a virtually nonverbal child with autism, sharing his diagnosis at the age of three, his mother's efforts to teach him how to write, and his philosophical perspectives on living with autism.

Born on A Blue Day
Born on A Blue Day Inside the Extraordinary Mind of An Autistic Savant : A Memoir By Tammet, Daniel (Book - 2007 ) B-Ta152b 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:An autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents describes how he was shunned by his classmates in spite of his super-human capacity for math and language and offers insight into how he experiences the world.

Animals in Translation
Animals in Translation Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior By Grandin, Temple (Book - 2006 ) 591.5 G753a 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:An animal scientist draws on her experience as an autistic to identify commonalities between animals and autistics, offering insight into how animals process sensory information and how they often possess unrecognized savant-level talents.

Look Me in the Eye
Look Me in the Eye My Life With Asperger's By Robison, John Elder (Book - 2007 ) 616.85883 R666L 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:The author describes life growing up different in an odd family, his unusual talents, his struggle to live a "normal" life, his diagnosis at the age of forty with Asperger's syndrome, and the dramatic changes that have occurred since that diagnosis.

Autism Is A World
Autism Is A World (DVD - 2004? ) DVD 616.85882 AUTISM Available in some locations

Annotation:Sue Rubin, who is autistic, was diagnosed and treated as mentally retarded until the age of 13, when she began to communicate using a keyboard. She is now a junior in college. This documentary takes the viewer on a journey into her mind, her daily world, and her life with autism.

The World's Strongest Librarian
The World's Strongest Librarian A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family By Hanagarne, Josh (Book - 2013 ) 020.92 H2337w 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Traces the public librarian author's inspiring story as a Mormon youth with Tourette's Syndrome who after a sequence of radical and ineffective treatments overcame nightmarish tics through education, military service, and strength training.

Amen, Amen, Amen
Amen, Amen, Amen Memoir of A Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying (among Other Things) By Sher, Abby (Book - 2009 ) 616.852270092 S551a 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Until the age of ten, comedian Abby Sher was a happy child in a fun-loving, musical family. When her father and favorite aunt pass away, Abby fills the void of her loss with a series of rituals. At first she repeats the few phrases she remembers from synagogue, but by the time she is in high school, Abby is spending hours locked in her closet urgently reciting a series of incantations and pleas. The prescribed patterns from which she cannot deviate become her shelter and her obsession.

My Stroke of Insight
My Stroke of Insight A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey By Taylor, Jill Bolte (Book - 2008 ) 616.81 T243m 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:A brain scientists recounts her experiences after suffering a stroke at the age of thirty-seven, describing her discovery of differences in the left and right side of the brain and the steps she took over a period of eight years to recover her health.

Following Ezra
Following Ezra What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son By Fields-Meyer, Thomas (Book - 2011 ) 616.858820092 F462f 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, Tom Fields-Meyer knew little about parenting and even less about neurological disorders. This intimate memoir chronicles his experiences of learning and growth from the time Ezra was diagnosed at age three to his bar mitzvah at thirteen.

My Baby Rides the Short Bus
My Baby Rides the Short Bus The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids With Disabilities (Book - 2009 ) 649.151 M9951 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation: Featuring works by so-called alternative parents who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought, this anthology carefully considers the implications of raising children with disabilities. From professional writers to novice storytellers, this assortment of authentic, shared experiences from parents in the know is a partial antidote to the stories that misrepresent, ridicule, and objectify disabled children and their parents.

Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind By Draper, Sharon M. (Book - 2010 ) j DRAPER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this award-winning novel, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy, considered by many to be mentally retarded, discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time By Haddon, Mark (Book - 2003 ) FICTION HADDON Available in some locations

Annotation:Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. An award-winning debut novel.

The Speed of Dark
The Speed of Dark By Moon, Elizabeth (Book - 2003 ) FICTION MOON All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This thought-provoking novel journeys inside the mind of Lou Arrendale, an autistic man, who is asked to undergo a new, experimental treatment designed to cure autism, as he decides whether or not he should risk a medical procedure that could make him "normal."

Good Kings Bad Kings
Good Kings Bad Kings A Novel By Nussbaum, Susan (Book - 2013 ) FICTION NUSSBAUM 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:The residents at a facility for disabled young people in Chicago build trust and make friends in an effort to fight against their living conditions and mistreatment in this debut novel.

Stuck in Neutral
Stuck in Neutral By Trueman, Terry (Book - 2012 ) y TRUEMAN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:An emotionally intense novel about fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, as he relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.

Annotation:This Multnomah County Library storytime, which is open to all preschoolers, is especially geared to children with sensory integration issues. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library's other storytimes, or is just more comfortable in a small, interactive storytime, this program of stories, songs and activities may be just what you are looking for.

The Reason I Jump
The Reason I Jump The Inner Voice of A Thirteen-year-old Boy With Autism By Higashida, Naoki (Book - 2013 ) 616.85882 H634r 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 51 copies
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In The Reason I Jump, a remarkable thirteen-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism shares firsthand insights into a variety of experiences associated with the disorder, from behavioral traits and misconceptions to perceptions about the world. Here are some other memoirs and novels written from the point of view of children with disabilities, the adults they become, and the families who love them.


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