Must-Reads, Professional Development

BOMish: March 2018 {“The Reason I Jump”}

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Here we are- another month and another reason to take charge of our own professional development!

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

Photo from Penguin House Publishing
  • The Stats: 208 Pages, March 2016
  • Who Should Read It: All teachers, administrators, parents, and kids
  • My Rating (out of 5 ♥): ♥♥♥♥♥
  • My Thoughts: I can’t rave enough about this book and the profound effect it had on my understanding of autism. This book is a collaboration of a teenage boy with severe autism who struggled to communicate verbally and in written word until his mother developed an inventive way for Naoki in a handmade alphabet. Like a blind person who can see for the first time, Naoki’s ability to communicate is powerful. The book is written in a Q&A format with enrapturing short stories written by Naoki woven throughout. The text is a candid narrative of a boy who earnestly sees the disconnect in his autism-driven behavior cotnrasting the way he wants to be in a moment-to-moment basis. Naoki’s creativity, poignant honesty on his daily struggles, analysis on his behavior and vivid descriptions of beauty make me want to wrap him in a hug. Naoki is so insightful, humorous, and exceptionally reflective on his behavior. He provides tips and advice on how people with autism may be enveloped with empathy, gentleness, and an unequivocal sense of belonging. Naoki’s next book “Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight” is already on my to-read list. 

Have you read “The Reason I Jump”?

What’s next on your list?

What are other must-reads for autism?