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  • The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
  • Written by: Naoki Higashida
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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The Reason I Jump

Written by: Naoki Higashida
Narrated by: Tom Picasso
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You've never listened to a book like The Reason I Jump. 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 delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: "Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?" "Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?" "Why don't you make eye contact when you're talking?" and "What's the reason you jump?" (Naoki's answer: "When I'm jumping, it's as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.")

With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights - into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory - are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.

©2007 Naoki Higashida (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Best Book EVER!

Absolutely recommend to EVERYONE! Inside THE LIFE OF autism and very eye-opening into what individuals with Autism live with. Every. Single. Day

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Opened my eyes

Incredible to get a glimpse into my sons mind. Really opened my eyes and way of thinking to who my son is and wants to be. Ty for writing this incredible window to autism

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As a self diagnosed autistic person delving into the world of this young man was like having my brain read back to me. absolutely wonderful book.

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Good insight into the mind of an autistic teen

I found good value in this book to understand why some people with autism behave in the ways they do.
It’s nice to hear a first hand accounts to gain an understanding. Certainly increases compassion.
It’s short and packed with info. Recommended read/listen.

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parents of autistic child should read this book

great book help parents assume competence in there children expectaly for parents that there child may be non verbal, gives them an on-site that they are intelligence with in there noverbal world

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