Andrew's Real Life of Autism

More About Me

The Reason I Jump

(After reading p 97 of The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida in which Naoki answers the question “Why do you repeat certain actions again and again?”)

I really like the way he describes living in hell with your body.  You have no idea why I can’t control my body.  I hate having my voice out of control!  I’m going to have a new body in heaven and I can’t wait!!!!! I wish other people knew that I hate my body!  My body is out of control the whole day!  I do things I don’t want to like rock my head back and forth all the time and really get loud with my voice like screaming when I don’t want to.  I don’t like it when I clap my hands together because it is embarrassing!

(How could people help you when they see you doing those things?)

Help me with my body!

(What if they don’t know you very well or they don’t know how to help you with your body?  What can they do?)

They can talk to me about my body like “think about your body” or “you are stuck in your body” or “you need to think about something else.”

(What other things can you think about when you are stuck in your body?)

Music or happy times or God

(If there was one thing you could tell people about yourself, what would it be?)

I like to listen to music all the time because I think like it!  I think like music because I hear hills and valleys in sounds.  When I believe I know something, I can recognize its sound.  When I know where I am I can recognize the sound of the room then I know just where I am.

3 thoughts on “More About Me

  1. Casey

    Andrew, this is such a valuable post! Your voice is so important in helping us understand you and others like you. Thank you for sharing with your followers!

  2. Dan McPheron

    I always find it interesting Andrew to hear what you are thinking and what you have to say. Continue sharing your thoughts with us. It will help us understand autism and what you deal with everyday. Thank-you!

  3. Sue

    Andrew, I just read this book, and I love reading your posts. I have an autistic nephew and want to learn how to be supportive of him. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

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