The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Staff Review: The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
There are books written by adults with autism and from the perspective of family members, educators, and others who work with children with autism, but this book is unique because it is written by a thirteen-year-old boy with autism. Higashida retains the perspective of a child but has the introspection of an early teen. It’s a rare look into the thoughts of an autistic child, and he candidly answers questions about common behaviors of autistic children that perplex those around them. It also includes short stories by the author that clearly illustrate his capacity for compassion and empathy, traits rarely (unfairly so, perhaps) associated with autism. I found the book illuminating and moving as it challenged me to consider what it would be like to try to engage with a world inhabited by people who are wired so differently than me and had tremendous difficulty understanding my world. Anyone who is interested in understanding more about autism will appreciate this book.