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The Reason I Jump : One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism - Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump

One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism

By: Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell (Transcribed by), Keiko Yoshida (Transcribed by)

Paperback Published: 8th July 2014
ISBN: 9781444776775
Number Of Pages: 192

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The internationally bestselling account of life as an autistic child. 'Brilliant . . . both moving and strangely optimistic' - Ray Connolly, Daily Telegraph.

Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.

David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.

The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.

About the Author

Naoki Higashida was born in Kimitsu, Japan in 1992. He was diagnosed with severe autism in 1998 and subsequently attended a school for students with special needs, then (by correspondence) Atmark Cosmopolitan High School, graduating in 2011. Having learnt to use a method of communication based on an alphabet grid, Naoki wrote The Reason I Jump when he was thirteen and it was published in Japan in 2007. He has published several books since, from autobiographical accounts about living with autism to fairy tales, poems and illustrated books, and writes a regular blog. Despite his communication challenges, he also gives presentations about life on the autistic spectrum throughout Japan and works to raise awareness about autism. In 2011 he appeared in director Gerry Wurzburg's documentary on the subject, Wretches & Jabberers.

Industry Reviews

A book that acts like a door to another logic, explaining why an autistic child might flap his hands in front of his face, disappear suddenly from home - or jump. - Sunday Telegraph

A book that makes me want to say, "This is truly important, and anyone interested in autism should read it," is a rare find. The Reason I Jump achieves that status . . . [it] builds one of the strongest bridges yet constructed between the world of autism and the neurotypical world . . . There are many more questions I'd like to ask Naoki, but the first words I'd say to him are "thank you". - The Sunday Times

Every page dismantles another preconception about autism. Higashida's language is precise and has a poetic quality that elevates it far beyond a self-help book for the parents of autistic children. His fictional stories, also included in this book, vary in length from a few lines to dozens of pages and are united by their beautiful simplicity. They all share a strong single theme, namely, that even if living is different and difficult, you can still find companionship and happiness. Once you understand how Higashida managed to write this book, you lose your heart to him. - New Statesman

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

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Anyone that wants to know Autisim


As a parent of a non verbal young man on the spectrum this has given me a great insight and confirmed many of my opinions it is a must read for parents and anyone involved in the Autisim world



Fantastic book. I even bought a copy for my asd sons teacher


Myself and my asd childs teacher have both found this book to give some perspective about this diagnosis couldn't have from my son or other asd children his age.

Nsw australia


I would buy this again


A very informative book

Victoria Australia


From the Inside


So much has been written about ASD related behaviour in kids, but from an observers perspective. It is refreshing to hear from a lucid ASD boy what it is that influences his behaviour. It is thereby helpful in extrapolating this into what could be going on inside your own little one's head.

Melbourne Australia


Must read


This book is brilliant along with being informative. Everybody should read this book to gain a better understanding.




4.8 5


ISBN: 9781444776775
ISBN-10: 1444776770
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 8th July 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1