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Uniquely Wired!: A Story about Autism and Its Gifts by [Julia Cook, Anita DuFalla]

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I think this should be mandatory reading for anyone who deals with kids with Autism and families of kids with Autism. . . Great resources that teachers should have in their classroom to teach acceptance and differences. --Maria's Space Blog

This is probably one of the better books I have read to help children understand other children on the Autism Spectrum. It says that spectrum are uniquely wired and do things with a purpose we may not understand. Such as heavy focus on one thing like watches or trains. The need for headphones, or why sounds hurt, etc. One thing I liked at first but was annoyed with by the end were the lessons that Zac teaches us. To be patient, to look at things from a different perspective. What annoys me is the Thank you Zac. It gets repetitive. It works, and I think every library, and probably school should have a copy of this book. --Ryan Franklin, Librarian

Instead of depicting autism as a disadvantage, Cook portrays Zak as having many gifts to share due to his uniquely wired brain. Zak has many features that are typical of people with autism, including avoiding eye contact, rapid body movements, an incredible memory, deep passions (trains, watches), and a tendency to repeat phrases. The people in his life, from siblings to teachers, support him and thank him for the patience he teaches them. In creating a positive context around autism and highlighting Zak s similarities and differences, neurotypical students can gain a new perspective. DuFalla s bright cartoon pictures match the upbeat tone of the text and will engage readers. A list of tips for understanding children who are uniquely wired is also included. VERDICT A helpful tool for teachers and parents to help foster empathy and understanding among students. --Kathryn Justus, Renbrook School, West Hartford, CT. April/May 2018 School Library Journal
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About the Author

Julia Cook, a former educator and school counselor, has written many books for children, including the popular I Just Don t Like the Sound of No!, Making Friends Is an Art! and That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! Among her many awards, Julia has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, and her books have been honored by The National Parenting Center and Mom s Choice Awards. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07T4K5TRM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boys Town Press (June 12, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 12, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 15780 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 17 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Julia Cook, M.S.

With millions of books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into a national award-winning children’s author, parenting expert, and inspirational speaker. She now travels the world encouraging students and educators to become lifelong problem solvers. “There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared!” says Julia, who takes top research and creatively translates it into “kid language” that is both entertaining and engaging. Julia has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through picture books, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

Several years ago, Julia was searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn’t find the right resource, she decided to write her own book – A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. Over a decade later, she has published bestselling books with the National Center for Youth Issues, Boys Town Press, and the CDC. Cook’s ultimate goal: make a positive difference in the lives of people both young and old by teaching lifelong problem-solving skills.

Julia has been endorsed by organizations including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Safe and Sound (a Sandy Hook initiative,) Childwatch of North America, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Childhelp, Darkness to Light, USA Volleyball, and The Alaska Department of Education. Cook’s research-based books have been referenced in outlets including Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Military Spouse,,,, and She has also been featured on Hallmark Home and Family, CNN’s HLN News, and numerous metropolitan networks. She is the recipient of several book awards including The Association of Educational Publisher’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the National Parenting Seal of Approval, and The Mom’s Choice Award.

Julia frequently delivers entertaining and engaging keynote addresses at counseling, business and leadership, and character development conferences and has presented in thousands of schools both nationwide and internationally.

Bestselling Titles Include: My Mouth is a Volcano! (interrupting), Bubble Gum Brain (growth mindset), A Flicker of Hope (depression and youth suicide), Uniquely Wired (autism), Jumping Into Kindergarten (kindergarten preparation), The Judgmental Flower (appreciating differences/ building relationships), Foster Care (emotions related to being in foster care), But It’s Just a Game! (gaming addiction), Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (anxiety), But It’s Not My Fault! (assuming responsibility), Soda Pop Head (anger control), and I Can’t Believe You Said That! (using social filters).

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Gemma Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book simply written and for children to understand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book
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