Uniquely Wired: A Story about Autism and Its Gifts

Julia Cook
Anita DuFalla
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Winner of Learningâ Magazine 2019 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for Children's Books.

Zak is obsessed with watches. Before that it was trains. He owns hundreds of watches and is quick to tell everyone everything about them. Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unconventional ways. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviors and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance and understanding. Parents, teachers, and Counselors can use this book to help teach kids tolerance and acceptance when meeting children living with autism spectrum disorder. Beautiful illustrations and tips added to the end of the book help kids understand the message of the story. 32 pgs.

Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN: 978-1-944882-19-8

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6 Reviews

  • 5
    This Book Should Belong in Every Classroom!

    Posted by Laura Neiman, blogger on Jan 24th 2019

    When my son was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, people didn’t talk about autism much at all... Uniquely Wired: A Story About Autism and Its Gifts is the book I needed ten years ago... I found myself nodding wildly in agreement over one of the first passages in the book "My memory is amazing - when it comes to things I am interested in." SO, so true. The boy in this story, Zak, has an obsession with watches – he owns 379 of them, and can tell you every detail about them. This was Pablo, my son, with fire alarms a few years ago. Like the boy in the story, Pablo has moved on from one obsession to another... Zak goes on to explain the reasons behind lots of special things – super sensitivity to sounds and smells, hand flapping, social blunders…and with every explanation, Zak’s teachers and parents include reasons why these weird behaviors are OKAY... This book would be such an asset for every classroom and school library!

  • 5
    Highly Recommended!!

    Posted by Amber MacDonald, blooger @ Dragonfly Sweetnest on Jan 11th 2019

    This was my first book that deals with autism. It is a children’s book with the intent of educating children about the struggles that other kids deal with each day. After reading it, I am honestly and enthusiastically recommending it, as it encourages compassion and understanding for those who need it the most. Uniquely Wired introduces you to a little boy named Zak who has Autism. Throughout the book, Zak explains that when he is really into a subject which he loves, such as watches, he knows anything and everything about them ... When he loves something, he lives and breathes it. He also shares with you how Autism effects his relationships with other people ... In the back of the book, there are tips which are great for parents and teachers or anyone who wants to grow their understanding of how to become a better companion for someone with Autism. I really love #9 Celebrate the Wins. This is very important because some things such as fastening a seat belt or getting dressed may come easier to many children, but can be difficult tasks for those who struggle with Autism. These moments are so important to celebrate. Encourage them and let them know they are awesome for what they just achieved. This book is so amazing to help educate children on other's that have Autism.

  • 4
    Great Delivery!

    Posted by Holly Senecal, NetGalley on Aug 3rd 2018

    Quite simply, Uniquely Wired should be put in the hands of EVERY teacher and teaching student. Its simple delivery of such a relevant and varied subject was very good. As a Mom of a young man with Aspergers and as a 43 yr old who only officially found out a few years ago that I am on the spectrum, I loved the fact that it was not overly technical as well as not being condescending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.

  • 5
    Heartwarming Story

    Posted by Jennifer Clatyon, NetGalley on Jul 20th 2018

    This is an exceptional children's book centered around understanding a child with autism. The narrative is helpful and very strengths-focused; each time a behavior is described, it is then described by those around the child as a gift and a different perspective. I think this book will help parents and teachers, too, as autism is not widely understood by the general population. The book was sensitive, informative, and heartwarming. I highly recommend it for professionals who work with children who have autism, parents, teachers, and, of course, children.

  • 5
    Perfect for Autism Awareness!

    Posted by Denise B, blogger @ SoCal City Kids on Jul 13th 2018

    With autism on the rise in the United States, national award-winning children’s author and parenting expert Julia Cook believes that a little bit of understanding can go a long way towards helping children with autism fit in. In her engaging new children’s book, Uniquely Wired, Cook provides an eminently readable primer of sorts, from the point of view of a child with autism, that will be a gift to parents, teachers, and kids everywhere who need a little bit of help understanding their peers with autism.

    I liked this book because it teaches young children about empathy and accepting others differences. Zac is a very likable character.

    Zak teaches readers that, although his brain works differently, it is pretty incredible, and he has a lot of gifts to share.

    This one of a kind look into the life and mind of a child with autism rewards curiosity and helps make “uniquely wired” children more relatable to their peers. It provides answers to questions children have about their peers who may behave differently because of their autism. It also promotes awareness of the often-overlooked gifts that children on the autism spectrum have, as well as pointing out the ways they’re similar to, or exactly like, their peers.

  • 5
    A Fantastic Learning Tool

    Posted by Deanna Shuler on May 30th 2018

    I am a big fan of Julia Cook's books. I use them often in my school counseling office. While still recognizing autism as a spectrum, Uniquely Wired is a fantastic learning tool for explaining some of the common behaviors of autism to children and adults. With input from parents, I see this text being used in classroom to answer questions about a uniquely wired classmate. I enjoyed how the book is written in the first person point of view. I will add this to my counseling library and recommend it to colleagues. I plan to purchase a copy to gift to a parent as well.

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