- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre (1 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444776754
- ISBN-13: 978-1444776751
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.2 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (884 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism Hardcover – 1 Jul 2013
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An extraordinary account of how autism feels from the inside. (Observer)
The most remarkable book of the year. The book throws a pontoon bridge over the chasm dividing autistic and neuro-typical experience. (Charlotte Moore, Books of the Year 2013 Spectator)
The Reason I Jump reads effortlessly, each page challenging preconceptions that autistic people lack empathy, humour or imagination. (Independent on Sunday)
This is a wonderful book. I defy anyone not to be captivated, charmed and uplifted by it. But above all, you will never feel the same about autism again. (Evening Standard)
The freshness of voice coexists with so much wisdom . . . it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human. (The Times)
[The Reason I Jump] has been impossible to forget. (Ian Thomson, Books of the Year 2013 Evening Standard)
A rare and important insight into the mind of an autistic child.See all Product Description
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Sometimes there aren't any answers to the questions that are posed, but that in itself is an insight. I feel I know my children so well, but there are things written which my children wouldn't be able to explain to me, but are totally applicable to them. I read some of the questions/answers to my son; he kept jumping up and down saying 'That's how it is. That's how I feel.' At one point he was moved to tears and just said 'Oh wow'. My son would never have been able to tell me those things himself but to hear it voiced by another young man, who has a similar life journey to my son, helped him tremendously. So I would say this book is not only invaluable to parents and carers, teachers and support staff. But mostly, I would say it is for other young autistic people themselves, it gives them an opportunity to explain to you what's applicable, what's the same, and opens up discussion on how things are for them.Read more ›
Two thing to remember about this book. Everyone with Autism or AS is different, but they do share many traits, so as insightful as Naoki's views are for himself might now apply to all children/people. However it does offer a first hand perspective which is otherwise unheard of. the other is the message/theme that Naoki is trying to get across. "DON'T GIVE UP ON US". Yes they might keep doing the same thing when they are told not to, but you still have to keep telling them not to till maybe on the ten million and one time it might get through to the child then they know it for life. As Naoki points out they might not look like it but they are learning slowly but surely they are. This book is a great insight into a great and creative mind that has been trapped inside a body with fewer outlets then are available to the rest of us, however with patience and understand many other children could be allowed to find their own outlet and unleash their ideas on the world.
He was able to tell me at parts of the books that "mum that's how I feel when I do that and couldn't explain in words to you why"
That comment alone was worth a huge amount to me as he is so frustrated at times trying to explain himself. I understand the book is a translation from another language but in its own way it has helped me translate to me my sons feelings in a way I can understand and that to me is worth 5 stars any day
Also helps to remind us how amazing it is out there.
Should be given to every family as soon as Autism is mentioned for the first time.
Very easy to read, made me smile, and cry, and think.
Naoki should be at the front of everyone's mind when they are looking for answers, maybe in time his name will spring to mind in the same way Temple Grandin does now.
But this is not just a collection of faqs on Autism, the poetry and short stories included are beautiful in themselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you need to understand Asbergers read this book. It's absolutely amazing , makes sense of the gobbledygook written in proffesional books. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by James
A thirteen-year-old autistic Japanese boy's explanation of what it's like being him in a question and answer format. Read morePublished 17 days ago by rwmg
I highly recommend this book. I found it easy to read and an absolute treasure for anyone wanting to understand ASD from the child's point if view.Published 21 days ago by dinah bishop
Oh my god this book is amazing. It was delivered today and I have finished it already. My son is autistic and this was a wonderful insight into their daily lives. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kelly Lewis
Excellent insight into how a person with Autism feels and thinks. A must-read for anyone who wishes to learn more about Autism.Published 1 month ago by Michael Ryan
Loved this book. Brilliant for both parents and prodessionals. Great insight into this young guys mind and will help to shape how we see autism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by orla kelly
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