In this real-life story told from the point of view of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Jackie Christiansen describes the unique differences that make him who he is while also explaining how he is still similar to the other kids his age. Jackie discusses the challenges he faces living with the disorder, how he struggles with social cues and sensory and personal-space issues and can occasionally become very loud or animated for apparent reason. However, Jackie chooses to celebrate the aspects that make him unique, and this journal is a great kid-friendly prompt for starting conversations about ASD and helping others relate to children with the disorder.
Jackie Christiansen is a nine-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder who enjoys fishing, chess, and collecting toy cars. He expresses his differences through his writing so that other children his age can learn ASD. Diane Mayer Christiansen is a former laboratory manager at Northwestern University where she was involved in genetic research for the department of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. She is now a stay-at-home mom and writer. She is the author of Secrets of Woodcrest: Escape from Levitius and Switcher. They both live in Glenview, Illinois.