The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

Ranked #2 in Autism, Ranked #11 in Questionssee more rankings.

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 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...

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Patrick Larkin @cultofpedagogy Read that last summer. What an amazing book. Such a unique insight into #autism. (Source)

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