E rounds of transcription and translation I would be skeptical that this book was written by any 13 year old with or without autism I m putting it on my shelf next to Three Cups of Tea and A Million Little Pieces This is the longer review I wrote on comhttpwwwreviewR1XCAT7This is a good reviewhttpwwwspiked onlinecomnewsiteAnd here are some uotesIt is undoubtedly reassuring for parents of children with autism to iscover in Higashida s account a boy who not only sympathises with their ifficulties but also shares many of the familiar views of middle aged middle class readers in Western societyIt is when Higashida turns to the wider significance of autism that the moralising sentimentality of this book becomes fully apparent Higashida observes that I think that people with autism are born outside the regime of civilisation The message from the voice behind the alphabet board is that as a result of all the killings in the world and selfish planet wrecking that humanity has committed a eep sense of crisis exists Higashida claims that people with autism are like travellers from the A Bride For A Blue-Ribbon Cowboy distantistant past who have come to help the people of the world remember what truly matters for the Earth I believe that my son enjoys swimming pools because he likes water not because in the fanciful speculations of Higashida he is yearning for a The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning distantistant watery past and that he wants to return to a primeval era in which auatic lifeforms came into being and evolved I fear that the translation and endorsement of this book reinforces myths than it challenges Like Mitchell like other parents I have spent much time pondering what is going on in the mind of my autistic son But I have come around to agreeing with the pioneering Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger that the autist is only himself there is nobody trapped inside no time traveller offering redemption to humanity This is the most illuminating insight into the mind of an autistic child that I ve seen Naoki Higashida was born in 1992 and was iagnosed with autism when he was 5 One of his teachers esigned an alphabet grid to help Naoki communicate his thoug This is a great book to be written by someone of any age and the fact that it is written by a 13 year old is amazing The book reads like a FA of uestions that anybody especially a parent of children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome have askedshouted at their children about why they keep oing certain things I bought this book after a particularly heated argument with my 8 year old this book id help at the very least it told me that many of the things I uestions eg Why The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated do you keepoing the same thing after I have told you a million times not to Yes all kids Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue do this but is Autistic and AS children seem to take it to another level In between uestions we are threated to a couple of short stories written by Naoki these are great and remember the boy was only 13 when he wrote this book It shows that creative writing isefinitely Naoki s outlet and wrenches at my heart that such a creative and intelligent boy has so much problem communicating verbally or in personTwo thing to remember about this book Everyone with Autism or AS is Silent Confessions different but theyo share many traits so as insightful as Naoki s views are for himself might now apply to all childrenpeople However it A Texas Holiday Miracle does offer a first hand perspective which is otherwise unheard of the other is the messagetheme that Naoki is trying to get across DON T GIVE UP ON US Yes they might keepoing 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 Note I have autismI have to admit I was on the verge of crying at some partsbecause this book is everything I ve wanted to tell the world but 74 Seaside Avenue didn t know howit made me understand myself a bit better because like the author I am not always sure why Io the things I oIt is one of those books I want as many as people as possible to read to try and understand people with autism a bit better and get rid of misconception. Ggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship” This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife KA Yoshida so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends the wider autism community and beyond Naoki’s book in its beauty truthfulness and simplicity is a gift to be sharedPraise for The Reason I Jump“This is an intimate book one that brings readers right into an autistic mind” Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice“Amazing times a million” Whoopi Goldberg People“ The Reason I Jump is a Rosetta stone This book takes about ninety minutes to read and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human” Andrew Solomon The Times UK“Extraordinary moving and jeweled with epiphanies” The Boston Globe “Small but profound Higashida’s startling moving insights offer a rare look inside the autistic mind” Parade From the Hardcover editio.
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My eldest son has Asperger s syndrome and while not locked into wordlessness in the same way the author was when he was little he shares some of the behaviours escribed in this book most notably the one on the cover he jumps He also intersperses that with bouncing up and The Loving Gift down on a large gym ball and running up andown corridors And you know what I The Wildcatter d never asked him why heid these things He just Bear Claw Lawman (Bear Claw Creek Crime Lab, did them Naoki Higashida though gives reasons for why he jumps and flaps his hand in front of his face and many other things and while my son probably wouldn t give exactly the same answers I m going to ask him though the fact that there are answers intriguing beguiling authentic answers is akin to revelatory Repeated actionsay in Her Nine Month Confession day out week after week year after year with the accompanying soundtrack of hisses and sueaks can become to me at least teeth gratingly irritating What Naoki makes clear and what I should have known but had lost sight of is that it is so much harder for my son Patience prudence fortitude Old fashioned words and old fashioned virtues but this book makes it clear that these are the key attributes needed by those caring for children with ASC autism spectrum conditions Naoki s voice individual and inuiring comes through as a far genuine reflection of ASC children than books like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time it should be Indeed the intense self reflectionisplayed in this book brought to mind some comments of my own son when he remarked in intense frustration That s another theory A Southern Reunion down therain It turned out that like an experimental scientist he formed hypotheses about people s behaviour and emotions and then tested them out against observation and he Let It Go did this again and again and again The strain of such constant testing needs hardly be stated In short as a short impressionistic account of what the ASC mind is like in childhood this book is the best I have read If you have an ASC child or know one you should read it Your child s answers will not be the same his uestions might well beifferent but ah to know there are answers My son Sammy is 17 He has autism the severe variety He ll never be completely independent He s very Charade of Hearts damaged He s happy much of the time he has a sweetisposition but we mostly The Yuletide Rescue (Alaskan Search and Rescue don t know what he is thinking and feeling He makes noise but heoesn t speak He communicates through his IPad s touch screen just okay and through pointing He talked at age level expectations until about age 3 and then over the next few years gradually lost all his ability to communicate audibly through words I was interested in this book because it purported to share the views of a Japanese boy without or with little speech who was now able to communicate what he was feeling and thinking I was skeptical because I have lived through other such assisted communication systems such as the one Naoki has reportedly benefitted from all Toward a Better Life discredited as weiscover well meaning people parents and teachers and other caregivers all helping ala Ouija board maybe to speak with or for the child I want to believe each and every story because I want to know what Sammy is feeling and thinking So am I just a cynical bastard when I say I Die Konigreiche Israel Und Juda Im 9. Jahrhundert V. Chr. doubt Naoki is having this level of insight and creating all these sentences all by himself Naoki or whoever is writing generalizes like crazy about we kids with autism and how we are feeling is it possible he really thinks his experience is largely universal I know they are not Kids with autism are uite variable tough to generalize about it from kid to kid Impossible maybe So a kid with autism ought to know this but heoes not spinning out book after book The set up is and a where he answers FA for all kids with autism It made me anxious and sad not relieved and moved Somebody convince me I am wrong but I am not believing I will read other reviews but even the intro writers and translators are not convincing to me and they know the territory Unh 35 starsThis book was intriguing I m taking it with a grain of salt though because I ve been monitoring reviews about it First I ll talk about my thoughts though then address concerns I thought this book was wonderful The writing was lovely with a lot of insightful analogies and heartwarming metaphors I thought the uestion and answer format with fictional works inserted in between was very to the point and interesting Overall I learned a lot from this and it made me consider a perspective I knew very little ab. “One of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read It’s truly moving eye opening incredibly vivid” Jon Stewart The Daily ShowNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYNPR • The Wall Street Journal • Bloomberg Business • BookishFINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERYou’ve never read 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 emonstrates 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 lo.
Out But that s also the troubling thing a lot of readers who have autism or mothers of autistic children are suspicious that this book was embellished uring its conception and its translation The authenticity of it is uestioned which is something you really have to know going into this book Many of the positive reviews are from mothers or siblings or relatives of people with autism saying I finally know what s it s like for them but this could be misinformation Just something to consider if you want to pick this up If you are a person with autism who has read this book or are interested in reading it I After the Rubicon d love to know how accurate or inaccurate it is I read some of the pro and anti reviews of this book by an autistic 13 year old Japanese boy before I sat A Prescription for Murder down to read it so I had some context of the surrounding controversy before I jumped in so to speak Basically some people have criticized novelist David Mitchell for possibly embellishing some of the author s writing he has said he provided the stylistic icing on the cake of the translation and others have noted that author Higashida claims to speak for all autistic people but is clearly not representative of them I think the latter criticism has merit Itid stick out to me that Higashida clearly gifted in perception and sensitivity constantly uses we and our claiming that all autistic people feel the way he oes This seems much too generalizing Not all neurotypical people are gifted novelists like David Mitchell by the same token not all autistic people are as elouent as Higashida and many may not have access to the kind of perception he shows here That said there are some intriguing nuggets I was perhaps most surprised by the author s sense of shame at the way his odd behavior impacts his loved ones Even neurotypical 13 year old boys aren t overloaded with empathy and it surely turns our preconceptions on their heads to learn that an autistic child is so obviously empathic I think this book which is ifferent from memoirs by parents of autistic children or adult Aspies will help a lot of parents empathize with their autistic children and that can only be good Idiot savant author or has Dad had a hand in thisWhat to say about this book It feels like half of it is the genuine thoughts and explanations for autism by an unusually intelligent child who suffers from severe autism view spoilerI am a bit fed up with the memoirs of people who live uite I find it hard to believe most of this bookFirst as a speech therapist I am puzzled as to why Naoki can read aloud but have such severe Accounting for Taste difficulties speaking to peopleespite having such well Anarchist Modernism developed language and great insight into hisifficulties He seems to have it all figured out and yet being just one step away from making changes to his communication style he settled into using an alphabet board not the most efficient way of communication for someone who has obviously a lot to saySecondly Naoki appears to employ the theory of mind too well for a 13 year old who is severely autistic as most reviews have made him out to be He has too keen an understanding of how normal people think An Audience of Artists differently from people with autism so far as to make statements such as one of the biggest misunderstandings you have about usThen there is the us Even as David Mitchell starts the book by letting the readers know rightly that every autistic person exhibits his or her own variation of the condition there is SUCH overgeneralisation throughout the book about people with autism Beyond that every answer is so greatly romanticised with abstract ideas attached to sensory behaviour Enjoy being in water We just want to go back To theistant A Dogs Head distant past To a primeval era in fact before human beings even existed and social communicationifficulties Lack of eye contact What we are actually looking at is the other person s voice These answers sound much like what we as clinicians and parents hope to hear from the autistic children we take care of At the same time these answers seem to trivialise the very real and The History of Cartography, Volume 3 disabling problems autistic children haveI found myself getting and annoyed as I went through the book It seems to have been written with the intention to influence people a certain way the authortranslators haveecided It is certainly not a good representation of most autistic children His Virgin Secretary despite its abundant use of collective terms And there is truly a lot of bullshit whether that stemmed from Naoki himself or from the multipl. Ud Naoki answers even the mostelicate uestions that people want to know uestions such as “Why Bachelors and Bunnies do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly” “Whyo you line up your toy cars and blocks” “Why Both Hands Tied 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” Withisarming honesty and a generous heart Naoki shares his uniue 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 In his introduction bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel for the first time as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind “It is no exa.