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

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

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 wayWritten 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.

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

  1. Naoki Higashida Higashida Naoki is the Japanese author of The Reason I Jump One Boy s Voice from the Silence of Autism He was born in 1992 and diagnosed with autism when he was five He was 13 years old when he wrote the book which was published in English in 2013 Reviews have been mixed, both celebrating the accomplishment of a mentally and emotionally challenged young author and expressing discomfort with the involvement of Higashida s communications facilitator his mother and English language translators Keiko Yoshida and her husband David Mitchell.Source.

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  1. Note I have autism I have to admit, I was on the verge of crying at some partsbecause this book is everything I ve wanted to tell the world but didn t know howit made me understand myself a bit better, because like the author, I am not always sure why I do the things I doIt is one of those books I want as many as people as possible to read, to try and understand people with autism a bit better, and get rid of misconceptions.

  2. This is the most illuminating insight into the mind of an autistic child that I ve seen Naoki Higashida was born in 1992 and was diagnosed with autism when he was 5 One of his teachers designed an alphabet grid to help Naoki communicate his thoughts, which were then printed into a book in Japan in 2007 The writer David Mitchell, who has an autistic son, found it and pushed to get an English translation published In the introduction, Mitchell wrote that the book was a revelatory godsend Reading i [...]

  3. I would be skeptical that this book was written by any 13 year old, with or without autism I m putting it on my shelf next to Three Cups of Tea and A Million Little Pieces This is the longer review I wrote on azon review R1XCQAT7This is a good reviewspiked online newsite And here are some quotes It is undoubtedly reassuring for parents of children with autism to discover in Higashida s account a boy who not only sympathises with their difficulties, but also shares many of the familiar views of m [...]

  4. I find it hard to believe most of this book.First, as a speech therapist, I am puzzled as to why Naoki can read aloud but have such severe difficulties speaking to people despite having such well developed language and great insight into his difficulties He seems to have it all figured out and yet, being just one step away from making changes to his communication style, he settled into using an alphabet board not the most efficient way of communication for someone who has obviously a lot to say. [...]

  5. Idiot savant author or has Dad had a hand in this What to say about this book It feels like half of it is the genuine thoughts and explanations for autism by an unusually intelligent child who suffers from severe autism view spoiler I am a bit fed up with the memoirs of people who live quite independently in the world and write their stories of autism when it is quite obvious that they have Asperger s, a much milder form Fed up even if I enjoy their books hide spoiler The other half feels like t [...]

  6. I d read some of the pro and anti reviews of this book by an autistic 13 year old Japanese boy before I sat down to read it, so I had some context of the surrounding controversy before I jumped in so to speak Basically, some people have criticized novelist David Mitchell for possibly embellishing some of the author s writing he has said he provided the stylistic icing on the cake of the translation , and others have noted that author Higashida claims to speak for all autistic people but is clear [...]

  7. 3.5 starsThis book was intriguing I m taking it with a grain of salt, though, because I ve been monitoring reviews about it First I ll talk about my thoughts, though, then address concerns I thought this book was wonderful The writing was lovely with a lot of insightful analogies and heartwarming metaphors I thought the question and answer format with fictional works inserted in between was very to the point and interesting Overall, I learned a lot from this, and it made me consider a perspectiv [...]

  8. My eldest son has Asperger s syndrome and, while not locked into wordlessness in the same way the author was when he was little, he shares some of the behaviours described in this book, most notably the one on the cover he jumps He also intersperses that with bouncing up and down on a large gym ball, and running up and down corridors And, you know what, I d never asked him why he did these things He just did them Naoki Higashida, though, gives reasons for why he jumps, and flaps his hand in fron [...]

  9. My son Sammy is 17 He has autism, the severe variety He ll never be completely independent He s very damaged He s happy, much of the time, he has a sweet disposition, but we mostly don t know what he is thinking and feeling He makes noise, but he doesn t speak He communicates through his IPad s touch screen just okay, and through pointing He talked at age level expectations until about age 3 and then over the next few years gradually lost all his ability to communicate audibly through words I wa [...]

  10. We get swallowed up by the illusion that unless we can find a place to belong, we are going to be all alone in the world Naoki Higashida, The Reason I JumpAn interesting memoir, translated by David Mitchell, and written by a 13 year old Japanese boy Naoki Higashida with autism If you teach, live with, know someone who has autism or an autistic child this is or at least was for me an insightful glimpse into the struggles and perspectives of a child with autism.I became slightly, and wrongly, fami [...]

  11. I knew I would love this book before I even glanced at the first page because of a few reasons Let s make a list, shall we 1 My son was diagnosed with autism almost 6 years ago I ve always wanted to be able to get inside his head and find out what he was actually thinking and seeing.2 My son also jumps A lot 3 Written by a 13 year old boy from Japan, this book was translated by David Mitchell Anyone who has had any form of contact with me knows they will hear how Mitchell is my all time favorite [...]

  12. This is a great book to be written by someone of any age and the fact that it is written by a 13 year old is amazing The book reads like a FAQ of questions that anybody especially a parent of children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome have asked shouted at their children about why they keep doing certain things I bought this book after a particularly heated argument with my 8 year old this book did help at the very least it told me that many of the things I questions e.g Why do you keep doing the [...]

  13. I rated a book by a 13 year old 1 star I m a monster I feel bad, but I just didn t enjoy it.I found it remarkably short on insight There s a lot of I don t why we do this but we do If it hadn t been billed as being an insider s view of the experience of autism this would have been less frustrating.I found the voice irritating rather than charming there may have been a lot lost in translation.Sorry ETA I loaned this to a person who works with special needs kids, and they loved it so much they a c [...]

  14. The reviews on this one from my friends are very mixed and I understand why The Reason I Jump touches on a very emotional topic I m not an expert on autism so I am completely unqualified to determine if Naoki wrote this book with or without help or the over arching truth of his experiences However, as a reader, I thought that some of Naoki s words were very beautiful.Perhaps he could have connected with people if he had chosen to write I and me instead of us and we Who can really say that they [...]

  15. I ve read a lot of first person accounts of autism This was not one of my favorites It was, in fact, a very frustrating book to read The writer s voice tried to speak for all persons with autism, for example Q39 Why do you like being in the water We just want to go back To the distant, distant past To a primeval era, in fact, before human beings even existed All people with autism feel the same about this one, I reckon Aquatic life forms came into being and evolved, but why did they then have to [...]

  16. As a parent with a child on the spectrum, this was an extremely useful book Of course it can t provide all answers because it is written from the point of view of one particular child I sort of wish that my son would write his own version for me to read, but this book was a definite reminder to hold onto my patience and understand that obeying instructions is not such a simple matter of listening and following but involves a complex journey in the mind of an autistic child The book was fascinati [...]

  17. This book in my opinion must be everybody s cup of tea, it s quite important if I do say so myself.Having autism, raising an autistic person or knowing one, all comes with pain attached, but living with autism is a thing and raising pitying one is another It s ten fold painful to live with autism your whole life, whichever level you might have It s painful, frustrating, agonizing, and depressing, and with all the former stated feelings it s still massively ignored or belittled, I don t quite gra [...]

  18. I worked with autistic children of all ages and abilities at one time I am too big a skeptic to believe that these are the words or thoughts of any 13 year old I question it so much that I went back to find some examples Remember, these are supposedly his words there is another way to say what you want without using the vocal nervous system true compassion is not about bruising the other person s self respect the thought that our lives are the source of other people s unhappiness, that s plain u [...]

  19. The Reason I Jump is the memoir of a Japanese boy, Naoki Higashida who, at the time of its writing, was thirteen Naoki, who is autistic and writes with the aid of a visual alphabet card, offers his answers to a series of questions including, of course, What s the reason you jump I knew nothing about this book prior to coming across it as a daily deal on Audible, where it aroused 99 cents worth of my curiosity I certainly wasn t disappointed as I had no real expectations going in so, I suppose, d [...]

  20. There s some skepticism and criticism for this book questioning whether this thirteen year old nonverbal boy actually wrote it and or that it speaks in too big of generalizations I agree with the generalizations bit but, putting that aside, there is value in this read and I enjoyed it.The structure of the book is in an easy Question and Answer format addressing some of the most common questions people familiar with a person on the spectrum wonders.Questions like Do I want to or like being alone [...]

  21. I won The Reason I Jump The Inner Voice of a Thirteen Year Old Boy with Autism through LibraryThing s Early Reviewer program I will say at the outset that it is a wonderful book, short but powerful It is written by 13 year old Naoki Higashida, a Japanese boy who was diagnosed with autism at the age of five He writes by spelling out words on an alphabet grid although apparently he is able to use a keyboard but finds the arduous process comfortable I was very interested in the book for several r [...]

  22. I don t know how to review this book.My first impression was that it had a bit of an Upworthy vibe surrounding it A thirteen year old autistic boy finds a way to speak What he says will astound you My facebook feed is littered with this stuff and I am done with it But, the introduction from David Mitchell gave me hope that there was something here He described how helping to translate this work originally in Japanese helped him round the corner in dealing with his own autistic son He points out [...]

  23. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum I d feel bad about giving a 1 Star rating to a book written by a 13 year old if I believed at all that a 13 year old actually wrote this book Since I do not I have zero guilt I see The Reason I Jump as yet another outlet that has adults manipulating a child in order to advance their own personal agenda cough Heaven is for Real cough I believe Naoki s mother, as well as David Mitchell and his wife, used Naoki s alphabet board like a Ouija Board and interpr [...]

  24. I read this book because I hoped to gain a better understanding of an autistic neighbour who lives near me But what I actually discovered was that I have a lot in common with autistic people than I realised Some of the ways in which I see and experience the world are the same as some of the ways Naoki describes in the book And his little short stories are so beautiful So, as well as helping me understand my neighbour, this book helped me feel better about myself.

  25. When I was small, I didn t even know that I was a kid with special needs How did I find out By other people telling me I was different from everyone else, and that this was a problem Initially, this book was structured very differently than I expected I approached it thinking it would a memoir style account that subtly gave insight into the autistic mind and experience when the book didn t fit my pre determined category I had already constructed for it, I became annoyed Yet, why should it confor [...]

  26. This book is just brilliant.I don t know anyone who is autistic, and if I ever meet them, I have to admit, I don t really know what to do Before I read this book I didn t know enough about autism to know how I should react, and it made me feel awkward and embarrassed What better way to find out than reading this, a book about autism written by an autistic child This book addresses everything you want it to in terms of the social aspects of children with autism How a child feels about their own [...]

  27. There is a very good review of this in the New York Times, which echoes my own discomfort with the book Which are Naoki s words and which are David Mitchell s I haven t read any of Mitchell s writing, so I don t know his style And I can t speak another language, so I can t comprehend what changes may be normally made without the translater totally altering the original idea But some things didnt ring true, and that saddened me, because I d hoped for some answers that may help me with my autistic [...]

  28. Wow I don t even know how to do this book justice Really I read it in one sitting and I m about to pass it on to my fifteen year old son who is autistic, and then to his father and stepmother in hopes that it will resonate with my son and help him to feel less alone, and with hopes that his other parents will finally understand him better.I ve read lots of books with autistic characters, finding that sometimes fiction is helpful in revealing the unique characteristics exhibited by those on the [...]

  29. How to write an honest review on this I ll try anyway This book was moving Although hard to believe that it was written by a thirteen year old But I found his descriptions of his thoughts and perceptions very very interesting He reminded me that things we take for granted maybe for other people are very strange and vice versa.They reminded me of the books of Daniel Tammet if you don t know his books, check them out They are incredible beautiful and illuminative.

  30. A survey of autism, as written by a 13 year old autistic boy This book gave me a number of insights into how the mind of an autistic person functions and how heavily impactful upon such a person s emotions the syndrome is This is a brief, simple, yet compelling book, worth reading for anyone who wants better to understand autism from the inside.

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