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The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism: one boy's voice from the silence of autism by [Higashida, Naoki]
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The No. 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.

David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.

The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2521 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (1 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BMUVVG4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This would be exceptional work for a person of any age, but for a 13-year old boy,it is truly wonderful. I believe it could help 'typicals' to understand autistics, and help autistics to understand themselves. I write as an aged high-functioning autistic who has lived a medically professional life and who didn't realise his own involvement in the condition until his mid-seventies. I feel sure that Naoki would agree with me when I say that we do not 'suffer' from a disorder which needs to find a 'cure', but are simply DIFFERENT and are content to be so.
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Helps answer a lot of questions a NT may have. This was an eye opening book. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Brother Also Jumps 8 September 2013
By C. Wong - Published on Amazon.com
I read a lot of books about autism because my brother is severely autistic. I am very thankful to Nagoki Higashida for answered questions that I have about my brother's behavior and the way that he thinks. And also answering some questions that had not even occurred to me! His voice came through this book as very genuine and I have recognized some of the same feelings in my brother as Nagoki Higashida.

In fact I wish that my brother had the experience of being trained to use the special keyboard. So many things are locked inside for my brother but Nagoki been has let some of them out via the keyboard.
My brother also jumps. He always does this just before he starts a walk. He also loves to walk in places filled with nature. He wanted to go to a park when I asked him where on our latest visit. I have read quite a few books written by Asperger's but this one by a boy who has autism rings home for me. My brother can speak but usually he does not initiate any conversation, he is limited to a few words of a reply. I can see the struggle that he goes through when he is trying to "grab" something to say.

I was aware of the overload of senses but I didn't realize that the floors could be tilting for him. That must be why he touches the wall here and there trying to get some balance.

I thought that the author really conveyed how regular people can hurt people with autism's feelings. I knew that from being with my brother. I have heard people talk about my brother in front of him and that is mean. I know the author would feel the same way.

This book is very valuable for understanding autism and I wish that caregivers in group homes and others who work with people who have autism would read this book.

When I read this book, I truly wanted more. I am hoping that there will be a place in the future where we can send out questions to you. I have so much more that I want to learn. If you have a family member who has autism please read this book.

I received this book as a win from FirstReads but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in the review.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important read 12 January 2017
By Angie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book....if you have someone in your life that is special needs or even if you don't, pick this up and give it a read. Written be a thirteen year old non-verbal Japanese boy with autism, it's a very rare look into the thoughts of someone on the autism spectrum. He communicates strictly through a letter board and computer system and was still able to illustrate his thoughts and behaviors so eloquently. I have a niece and nephew who are on the spectrum. While both are high functioning (what we'd formerly call Asperger's) and not nearly as severe as the writer, there were definitely bits throughout that I recognized from their behaviors and helped give me a better understanding of what the world may be look through their eyes - from writing letters in the air, to the reasons they may not hear you until you say their names, to sensory issues, to why we (incorrectly) believe they like to be alone a lot. It's less than 200 pages and won't take you but 1.5-2 hours to read. Those of us who are neurotypical can gain a lot of this little book.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Cool Viewpoint -- Insightful 6 November 2013
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This is a good book. It reads like a newspaper or magazine article and is clearly another inner voice. I have read Ms. Grandin as well as many others for my own personal reasons. I am positive that anyone who has the honor and privilege of knowing or caring for an autistic child already knows that this young man speaks for himself, and not all autistics. We loved ones want to know that the spark in the eye, or the joy of some small communication, is a sign that something is coming through. When a parent or caretaker receives the evaluation results, it is overwhelming. As recent as nine years ago, Autism was an extremely controversial subject, with very little support, help, or recognition as "...a real affliction...", which the general public are only now starting to understand and accept. Even personally, and in public, I was advised to "keep your child quiet or keep him at home..." when my child had a public meltdown because a woman started a loud hand dryer in the restroom after I asked her if she wouldn't mind waiting to dry her hands for only a moment. Public meltdowns and opinions never bothered me after that... While it is true that we reach for answers and hope, sometimes blindly, it does not make us stupid. Caretakers are intuitive, patient, loving people who only want their child to fit in as best as they can, without others taking advantage or harming them as adults. I recommend it, but only as ANOTHER VIEWPOINT, not as a reference manual.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autism from the inside out 17 May 2014
By Marty Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful book. Unlike any other books on autism that I have read. You can see and feel what the person affected sees and feels
Easy to understand and helps you "get" what it is all about. My grandson has high functioning autism and I sent this book to his
mother after I read it. I have sent her others,but this is the first one she really felt she could understand her son better and relate
to him more easily. It is worth the price and then some. I am sending this one to my doctor who has an autistic child
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Autistic Teen Teachs Empathy 23 May 2016
By B. Hart - Published on Amazon.com
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It's rare that we hear the inner voice, the heart and the longings of a person on the autistic spectrum. Naoki's book makes this very difficult condition come to life.

Believe his message is simple and clear--please accept and love us!

I was touched by the sorrow and "guilt" he felt for his parents, family and other caregivers. It demonstrates that autistic children (and adults) do feel deeply in spite of the emotional difficulties that are part of this condition. Many false assumptions prevail that people with autism don't really relate. Naoki proves them wrong.

What a lonely world it is for someone with autism.

It's a great message from the soul of a teenage, suffering boy. The intro by David Mitchell also shed much light on this topic and his interactions with the author.

The reason for my 4 star rating instead of 5 is this--there are so many kinds of autism (all of which involve special, unique people--each one with different challenges and different abilities) that Kaoki's story might not always resonate with others dealing with the vast scope of the autism spectrum.

Thank you, Naoki Higashida, for helping us understand and be more loving to everyone we encounter.