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
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.
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.
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.
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.