Uniquely Wired: A story about autism and its gifts
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. Grades K-5 by Julia Cook.
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 pages
Written by Julia Cook
Published by Boys Town Press
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.