Jacksonville boy with autism writes children’s book about coping with COVID-19 changes

By: Christy Turner, Action News Jax
Updated: December 22, 2020 – 4:18 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville boy with autism is now a published author.

Trey Sheppard, 13, cowrote a children’s book with his mother, Natalie Sheppard, during the pandemic.

The book, called “The Day My World Changed,” is helping children across the country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s my favorite book,” Sheppard said.

Sheppard was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. His mother said the book is gratifying because they often heard about the things he would never be able to do.

“One thing we love saying is we crash nevers every day because the day he was diagnosed we were told about all of these nevers: He may never talk, he may never communicate the way we want him to communicate, he may never play organized sports, he may never be able to read,” Mrs. Sheppard said.

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