Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Day 24: The Reason I Jump

Posted on April 24, 2014 in Autism

The Reason I Jump coverThe latest book to take the field by storm is Naoki Higashida’s The Reason I Jump. The author was born in 1992 and was still in junior high school when the book was originally published in Japan. Therefore, this autobiography is another that will give you a young person’s point of view and a glimpse into the mind of a child who is trying to make sense of the world around him at the same time he is trying to figure out life on the spectrum. This is a poignant read and one that brought me to tears many times.

Look no further than the nearly 1,000 reviews on Amazon.com to get a sense of just how much people are connecting with this book. Like many of the other titles I have reviewed this month (e.g., Carley’s Voice, Lucy’s Story), Naoki communicates via augmentative communication [using a communication board] and finds spoken communication to be very challenging. His readers are not only captivated by his persistence in communicating and then, in writing his story, but also by his stories and experiences.

This is a quick and easy read so if you have limited time and want something both short and thought-provoking, The Reason I Jump may be the book for you.

** Idea for using this book: Check out the illuminating Q & A section and use it to learn more about autism, behaviors, and supports

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