Jacob Tanner shares how an autism diagnosis affected his life, and how he overcomes obstacles
Inspired by a particularly difficult time in his life, author Jacob Tanner spent the last six years working with his mother, Cindy Tanner, to share his story. Diagnosed at age four with high-functioning autism, Tanner, along with his family began to chronicle the events in his life. The culmination is his new book “I Wonder Why I Have Autism.”
“I want this book to be a tool of inspiration,” Tanner said. “It can be used to give hope to kids who have similar struggles, and to their parents, who need guidance to help.”
In “I Wonder Why I Have Autism,” Tanner tells his story and what living with high-functioning autism is like. Written from his perspective, he shares his experiences, struggles, and his successes with school, friends, pets, and teachers. The book also includes insights from Tanner’s parents and friends.
Tanner credits his faith for helping him and his family understand and overcome the struggles that can come with an autism diagnosis.
“I want to thank God,” Tanner said. “Without him, I would not have overcome anything and would not have the strength to continue working through struggles that come my way.”
About the author
Jacob Tanner is 15 years old, lives in Auburn, Kan., and attends Manhattan Virtual School. He is passionate about animals and is involved in clubs at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kan., as well as the Topeka Zoo where was president of his middle school eco club.
Tanner works at Hidden Hill Farms. He enjoys attending youth group at his church, learning to play percussion instruments, and doing CrossFit. He really enjoys hanging out with some of the friends mentioned in the book, building Lego, and writing scripts for YouTube videos.
LAVIDGE – Phoenix