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Book Reviews
Written By Linda M. Olsen M.Ed.

Book - The Reason I JumpThe Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
By Naoki Higashida

Translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell
Published by Random House, New York, 2013

Reviewed by Linda M. Olsen, M.Ed.

Naoki Higashida was born in 1992 and was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. He wrote this book when he was thirteen years old (2005). The book is translated from Japanese to English by the two people noted above.

The Reason I Jump is filled with answers to questions such as: Is it true that you hate being touched?; Why don’t you do what you’re told right away?; What’s the reason you jump?; Why are you so picky about what you eat?; and many more things most of us wonder about. While he is unable to speak, Naoki put down answers to a variety of questions using a computer and an alphabet grid.

The questions are fascinating, and things to which we all would like to have answers. To this reviewer, Naoki’s answers seem almost too thoughtful and precise for any 13-year old. It is difficult for me to imagine this young boy with autism answering these
questions so clearly and precisely.

book- Survival Guide To Kids With AutismThe Survival Guide For Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)
By Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, M.D Published by Free Spirit Publishing Company, 2012

Reviewed by Linda M. Olsen, M. Ed.

This book is written by two people who know autism well from personal experience. Both are mothers of sons with autism and one is a doctor who works with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. The book is an easy read and a great resource for parents and kids with ASD aged 8-13 or older. The authors suggest parents read the book with their child for support.

They write that a person with ASD must have at least six symptoms that include difficulties with communication, socialization, limited interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Throughout the book the authors include short stories of kids with these varied challenges. With colorful pictures and clear text they give many helpful suggestions for things parents and kids by themselves can do to make their daily lives easier and more successful. They emphasize the importance of good self-care for kids such as exercise, nutrition, sleep, relaxation and handling intense emotions and more.

The Survival Guide For Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) is a clear, easy-to-read book with many helpful suggestions for parents and their kids.




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