The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (2013)
The Reason I Jump


The Reason I Jump is a fascinating look into the mind of a Japanese thirteen-year-old boy with autism.  Naoki Higashida wrote the book using an alphabet grid to answer questions, because he could not answer out loud.  The book is a series of curious questions and down to earth, honest answers.  For example, "Why are your facial expressions so limited?" or "Why do you write letters in the air" are answered in ways that give the reader new insight into the author's mind.  His answer to "What's the worst thing about having autism?" brought tears to my eyes.  This book is recommended for students in grades 6 and up.

To explain autism to younger children, try using Autism by Marlene Brill or Some Kids Have Autism by Martha Rustad.

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