The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida


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“The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida provides a unique insight into autism through a question-and-answer format. Written at the age of thirteen, Naoki shares his experiences, thoughts, and emotions, challenging preconceptions about autism and emphasizing the need for compassion and understanding.

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The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Delve into the extraordinary world of autism through the eyes of a young Naoki Higashida in “The Reason I Jump.” Written when he was just thirteen years old, this remarkable book offers a unique and intimate glimpse into the often perplexing behavior of autistic children.

Presented in a question-and-answer format, Naoki candidly explains aspects of his life, shedding light on why he may talk loudly, repeat questions, experience panic attacks, or engage in activities like jumping. Beyond these insights, Naoki invites readers into his thoughts and emotions, providing a window into his perception of the world—his interactions with others, his connection to nature, his understanding of time and beauty, and his sense of self.

Through this book, Naoki profoundly demonstrates that individuals with autism possess vivid imagination, humor, and empathy. Yet, he also underscores the critical importance of compassion, patience, and understanding from those around them.

“The Reason I Jump” challenges stereotypes and highlights the humanity and unique experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum. It is a compelling call for empathy and acceptance.

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