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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 28 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: September 10, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F2QG1E6
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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
In fact I wish that my brother had the experience of being trained to use the special keyboard. So many things are locked inside for my brother but Nagoki been has let some of them out via the keyboard.
My brother also jumps. He always does this just before he starts a walk. He also loves to walk in places filled with nature. He wanted to go to a park when I asked him where on our latest visit. I have read quite a few books written by Asperger's but this one by a boy who has autism rings home for me. My brother can speak but usually he does not initiate any conversation, he is limited to a few words of a reply. I can see the struggle that he goes through when he is trying to "grab" something to say.
I was aware of the overload of senses but I didn't realize that the floors could be tilting for him. That must be why he touches the wall here and there trying to get some balance.
I thought that the author really conveyed how regular people can hurt people with autism's feelings. I knew that from being with my brother. I have heard people talk about my brother in front of him and that is mean. I know the author would feel the same way.
This book is very valuable for understanding autism and I wish that caregivers in group homes and others who work with people who have autism would read this book.
When I read this book, I truly wanted more. I am hoping that there will be a place in the future where we can send out questions to you. I have so much more that I want to learn. If you have a family member who has autism please read this book.
I received this book as a win from FirstReads but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in the review.
The Reason I Jump is unique because the author is living inside childhood autism. Naoki is thirteen and is rarely able to speak. But that doesn't mean he can’t think. It is clear he has thought a great deal about the ways his processing differs from those of “normal” people. He’s had enough people tell him what’s normal and expected that he is able to describe the myriad ways in which he differs.
Through a series of questions and answers, he describes what it is like to hear everything, but freeze when it’s time to speak, the pain that comes from others assuming you want to be alone, and the confusion that comes from sensing everything without a way to filter out what’s important. In the process, he explodes a number of misconceptions about autism. He does not have the vocabulary of a young child, even though he loves preschool-level television shows. He wants friends and to be close to other people. Conversations cause massive amounts of anxiety. I challenge anyone who thinks an autistic person lacks empathy to read this book, especially his short story at the end. He clearly understands more about the human mind than most normal teenagers.
He also reminds his reader that patience and grit can help anyone prevail, even those seemingly lost in autism. Because of this, I recommend this book to any parent, teacher, or caregiver—and not just to those of autistic people. Naoki’s main message is that there are as many ways to solve a problem or understand the world as there are brains.
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