‘The Reason I Jump’ is a book written by Naoki Higashida, a super intelligent, caring thirteen-year-old boy with autism, its almost like a journal of how his autistic mind thinks and feels. Naoki used an alphabet grid to very slowly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he was unable to speak aloud. He answers questions that people want to know about autism such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?”(hence the name of the book).
It’s a beautifully written book thats gives an honest and upfront insight into the autistic world which is genuinely lovely to read. There are parts that relate to his senses and things that resonated with me and relate to my SPD. It is definitely worth a read – or would be an ideal book to give to family members and teachers to explain autism and sensory difficulties. In the intro novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to understand for the first time what his autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind, which I think is pretty special.