This book is absolutely fantastic, I really cannot recommend it enough. I read, a lot... and as you might be aware, before now, I have not actually posted a recommendation on here, but this is too good not to share, I have been meaning to post for a few weeks now.
Naoki was a young boy when he wrote this using a paper keyboard, he would be/have been considered to be low functioning, in that he was non-verbal to low verbal...
Recently, times have been hard for us and it has been really hard to stay calm, patient and understanding towards Badger when he has been displaying meltdowns, inappropriate laughter, behavioural issues, compulsions and impulses etc with very little working. The Reason I Jump focuses more on the importance of UNDERSTANDING the Autistic's emotions and reasoning and doing very little other than LOVING the child. It seems so obvious and to a point, I already feel I understood most of what was said, but the way in which Naoki has explained himself and the way in which he reasons, and pleads for understanding, acceptance, tolerance and love in THAT moment has really hit home for me and I do feel far better equipped to deal with Badger after reading, and re-reading, and re-re-reading the passages! Just because I am being told what I need to do, what to remember, how to react and how my child is most probably feeling... and this is possibly the closest fit to Badger, than anything I have ever read before.
I am sharing a couple of screenshots...
As you will see, the book is written in questions, with each being indexed at the start, which is great for going back to or reading in small stages for the times that you just haven't got a spare minute to think, let alone read a book and remember it. It has been really handy for me, as I will just read something before I rest my head and go to sleep, ponder it and try to change my approach, or understand Badger a little better the next day.
The Kindle version to this book is available at a lower price, and you don't need a kindle - any smart phone, tablet or PC will do and you can download the kindle reading app, for free.
So, get going - it is fabulous!
This, THIS is a huge question for me, and I am so glad that it was answered how I was kind of expecting... I mean, I had been calling it "remembering" because from the odd words that Badger says, I grasped his was probably laughing and getting a real, real kick from thinking about something he found hilarious... now I have that confirmed, I do feel so much better at being able to describe this to everyone who asks me. I don't like to just jump to a conclusion FOR Badger, so while he can't explain it for himself, this is excellent reading - Naoki pits it brilliantly!
While this question did not stand out immediately, at this moment in time to me, the highlighted passage really hit home. In a sad, but REAL way... I think it is really important that we all as Parents and Carers read this and try to relate and understand this as best as we can.
I can apply this feeling, or sensation, to many things that Badger encounters. And now I have read it, I can see it in his face. So this has really helped me relate and change how much of the "wreckage" he sees.
If you would be so kind as to consider purchasing the book via the above links, then it would help to continue the growth of the site.