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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Features

  • You'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 demonstrates 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.


About The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice Of A

Author One-on-One: David Mitchell and Andrew Solomon David Mitchell is the international bestselling author of Cloud Atlas and four other novels.Andrew Solomon is the author of several books including Far From the Tree and The Noonday Demon. Andrew Solomon: Why do you think that such narratives from inside autism are so rare--and what do you think allowed Naoki Higashida to find a voice? David Mitchell: Autism comes in a bewildering and shifting array of shapes, severities, colors and sizes, as you of all writers know, Dr. Solomon, but the common denominator is a difficulty in communication. Naturally, this will impair the ability of a person with autism to compose narratives, for the same reason that deaf composers are thin on the ground, or blind portraitists. While not belittling the Herculean work Naoki and his tutors and parents did when he was learning to type, I also think he got a lucky genetic/neural break: the manifestation of Naoki's autism just happens to be of a type that (a) permitted a cogent communicator to develop behind his initial speechlessness, and (b) then did not entomb this communicator by preventing him from writing. This combination appears to be rare. AS: What, in your view, is the relationship between language and intelligence? How do autistic people who have no expressive language best manifest their intelligence? DM: It would be unwise to describe a relationship between two abstract nouns without having a decent intellectual grip on what those nouns are. Language, sure, the means by which we communicate: but intelligence is to definition what Teflon is to