The Reason I Jump

The Reason I jump by NaokiGet to know this book The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism via NHK World documentary.

This book was written by a Japanese author Naoki Higashida, who wrote this book in 2005 at the age of 13. The book was initially published in Japanese in 2007 but was translated and published in English in 2013 by Keiko Yoshida and her husband, author David Mitchell, who also has an autistic child. This book became a bestseller and it has been translated into over 30 other languages.

Author Higashida was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when he was 5 years old and has verbal limitations. With the help from his mother, using “facilitated finger writing” quite similar to typing out his thoughts via a special kind of keyboard. The majority of the memoir is told through 58 questions Higashida and many other people dealing with autism are commonly asked, they are either memories of the author or parabolic stories that relate to the themes discussed throughout the memoir.

The collection ends with Higashida’s short story, “I’m Right Here,” which the author prefaces by saying: I wrote this story in the hope that it will help you to understand how painful it is when you can’t express yourself to the people you love. If this story connects with your heart in some way, then I believe you’ll be able to connect back to the hearts of people with autism too.”

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