Uniquely Wired

A Book About Autism and its Gifts


SKU: B952-Net

Some people say I have a disability. I don’t see it that way at all. I am Uniquely Wired.

This is the heartwarming and illuminating story of Zak, a young boy living with autism who wants you to understand how he experiences the sights and sounds of the world around him.

Zak knows he’s not quite like his siblings and classmates. Bright lights and big crowds send him into a freak-out mode. Hugs make him uncomfortable, too. His atypical behaviors, from flapping his arms to spinning his body, seem so out of place. But for Zak, that’s just how he copes.

Despite some peculiar behaviors, Zak’s desires and disappointments are as ordinary as any child’s. He loves watches; he hates being excluded. As Zak embraces life the only way he knows how, he teaches those around him important lessons about fairness, patience, curiosity and independence.

From the pen of award-winning author Julia Cook, Uniquely Wired is written for K through 6 students and all those who live, work, play or go to school with children on the autism spectrum or those who have other special needs. Tips for understanding children who are Uniquely Wired are included in the storybook.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Anita DuFalla
Paperback ISBN 9781944882198
Grades K-5
31 pages
Release Date February 1, 2018

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Boys Town Press

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

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