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Family Book Club- The Reason I Jump

Sammamish Library
Event organized by Sammamish Library

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April is Autism Awareness month
The Reason I Jump is written by Naoki Higashida, a thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how his autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds. Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself.

Naoki answers questions that people want to know. Questions such as: "Why do people with autism talk differently?" "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?"(Naoki's answer: "When I'm jumping, it's as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.")

The group will also ask: Do you know someone, a friend or a member of your own family, with autism? Are you on "the spectrum" if so, how true does this book ring for you? What is the state of understanding of autism today? What do we (society and the medical profession) need to learn about autism? Does this book help? What will make a difference?

RSVP online suggested. People of all abilities are welcome.