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

What Is The Main Point Of This Book?

Written by a severely autistic thirteen-year-old boy—though not a memoir—this remarkable book shares the inner voice of its author, illustrating what it’s like to be autistic through a series of responses to a number of often-asked questions about autism.

What Does This Book Share That Similar books Do Not?

This is a first person account that brings you inside an autistic mind. Temple Grandin’s ‘Thinking In Pictures’ is one other famous example, but really there are so few books out there like this. The whole category poses some obvious challenges, which is all the more reason that I was impressed with Naoki Higashida and his translators, who were overwhelmingly successful in their endeavor.

Who Should Read This Book?

  • Parents who are dealing with similar parenting challenges.
  • Anyone. This book has something to offer all readers.

Who Should NOT Read This Book?

  • People who don’t want to learn about teaching and promoting compassion and understanding, as well as exploring the extraordinary capabilities of the human mind and the mind-blowing range of human behavior, relationships, and communication.

What Skills Will This Book Help You Develop?

It provides new ways to think of humanity and differences. Of course we all have different ways of thinking and behaving, but some of us fall so outside of the established norms that we’re classified as ‘disabled.’ The narrator of this book is indeed what one would call ‘disabled.’ He can’t communicate like a typically-developing child would. He uses an alphabet grid. But there’s such an obvious intelligence at work, as well as a true personality and sense of humor.

What Part Of The Book Was Most illustrative Or Memorable?

The reader is left with a new understanding: not just that there’s no one way to be autistic, but that there’s no one way to be human. There are millions of ways—more than we can ever imagine—with some that may seem very odd, different, and bizarre to the majority, but that’s what makes this book so important and insightful.