HOUSTON, TX – March 5, 2020 – Texas Educator, Children’s Book Author and Speaker, LaTanya Michell Brooks, has written a children’s book modeled after ABC’s Good Doctor Star, Shaun Murphy – an autistic surgeon.
The book, Adam Baum: The Autistic Engineer, tells the inspiring story of an autistic boy with a big dream to become “the best mechanical engineer ever!” But Adam realizes he is a little different and has his share of problems making friends, as other kids tease him by pointing, laughing and calling him Atom Bomb. Things began to change, one day, when Adam reveals a hidden talent that shocks and impresses the kids on the playground.
Research shows that 70% of autistic children report being bullied in middle school and high school. But things don’t get better for them as they get older. Statistics show that 80% of autistic people are unemployed. Moreover, although STEM jobs are on the increase, a report from the U.S Department of Commerce revealed that individuals with disabilities are underrepresented in the STEM field and often face challenges with pursuing STEM related education and careers.
A strong advocate for STEM, Brooks is on a mission to challenge the status quo on autism and STEM careers, where minorities are often underrepresented. Explaining her motivation for writing the book, she said: “I want to highlight and bring awareness to autism, while promoting a message of tolerance and antibullying. My mission is to inspire kids, especially those at risk, that they are capable of great things, regardless of their background, perceived limitations, or people’s perception of them.”
Adam Baum: The Autistic Engineer is cleverly written and inspires children of all abilities to pursue STEM careers. The story is captured by vivid illustrations that engage the reader from start to finish. But that’s not all. Adam Baum also sparks meaningful conversations about compassion, bullying, humanity and respect. The book also features reading comprehension questions to reinforce the lessons in the story.
Responses from early review copies of the book have been positive. HISD Reading Specialist, Barbara W. said: “I just love this book. I am going to use it with my students, and I know they will love it.” Karina Garcia-Chavez, educator and mother of an autistic child, said “I see so much of my child in Adam Baum.”
Adam Baum Adam Baum: The Autistic Engineer is available in hardcover format for a retail price of $15.00. For further information visit the authors website at: growwithstem.com.
About the Author
LaTanya Brooks is a children’s book autho and educator. As a young child, she was raised with the belief that no one should be disadvantaged because of gender, disability or background, and that education is a powerful tool in overcoming obstacles. She maintains that the mind is ever expanding and capable of great feats.
LaTanya graduated from the University of Houston, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration from American InterContinental University. Ultimately, in 2006, she decided to pursue a career in education. With her academic knowledge, she continues to inspire young minds.
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