The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

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

Book - 2013 | First edition
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Written by a thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this memoir demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. 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. 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. 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, 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812985153
Call Number: 616.85882 H634r 2013
Characteristics: xvii, 135 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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"Written by a thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this memoir demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. " -- Provided by publisher.

Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this 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.

Naoki Higashida shares what life is like inside his mind, inviting you to imagine what it would be like, for instance, if sounds and smells barraged your senses all at once,

13-year-old Naoki shares how he thinks and feels in this memoir.

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PimaLib_JanaB Oct 14, 2020

This work is pioneering and insightful. For decades scientists have studied autistics the way they would study any other animal-by watching and making educated guesses. This is one of the first books to directly ask an autistic person about their experience (and a non-speaking autistic no less!) Highly recommended.

DBRL_IdaF Aug 12, 2019

Translated from Japanese by one of my favorite authors, this book provides great insights into the mind and life of a nonverbal boy, as his autism colors every aspect of his life. Though some of what he describes might be unique to him, I hope it helps the rest of us to be open-minded and patient when dealing with others who are wired differently.

Dec 10, 2018

This book, written when the author was 13, gives valuable insight into life with autism.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 15, 2018

This series of very short essays on various aspects of being a young person with autism was written by Higashida when he was 13. He was unable to speak aloud but was able to slowly communicate with an alphabet grid, to point at letters, numbers, and punctuation. There are many good insights here as the author discusses why he asks the same questions over and over, why he lacks self-control, how he feels when he makes other people uncomfortable, etc. If you have an autistic child in your family or you are in an occupation where you have to interact with autistic children, these insights would be worth taking into consideration. You might even read a section to the child and see if child agrees that these experiences represent his or her reality.

That said – I wonder if the translator and his wife added some sophistication and understanding to the English text that wasn’t there in the original and that seem out-of-place for any 13-year-old. Even so, the basic insights of this book match up with what other autistic writers seem to have experienced and this is a good starting place for understanding the high-level child with autism.

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!

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.

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.

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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