The Reason I Jump
One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism
Naoki Higashida and Others
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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.
Amazing insight from a 13 y.o. teen with autism, definitely on par with Temple Grandin's work. His writing is experienced by the reader at a deeply connective and nearly subconscious level, engaging the heart in a primal yet surprisingly eloquent way. I'll return to this book many times for sure. Highly recommended.
The Reason I Jump
A good reminder from an ASD perspective that without being calm and considerate carer's can actually cause more psychological damage. It was nice to get more of an understanding of how my son feels and helped me to realise what is really important. That is that all people with ASD are supported so we can help them feel part of society.
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: 01 July 2013
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Seller: Hachette Australia Pty Ltd
- Print Length: 192 Pages
- Language: English