(SACRAMENTO) – Eleven-year-old Alex Grevious’ classmates knew he was different and they teased him for it to the point that the youngster wanted to do something about it.

By not balling up his fist or returning verbal insults, the sixth-grade student at David Lubin Elementary School in East Sacramento approached his situation from an educational standpoint.

Grevious took on the challenge of letting his peers know that, yes, he is different. He wanted them to know he suffers from autism spectrum disorder, a complicated condition that includes problems with communication and behavior.

Grievous is autistic. But cleverly he found a way to communicate with his fellow classmates. He wrote a children’s book titled, “Ausomely Aaron.” His mother Chioko Grevious said the book is “loosely based” on Alex’s life.

“Ausomely Aaron” is colorfully illustrated by Alex Grevious’ uncle, Dylan Grevious.

“The book is about Aaron, a boy with autism spectrum disorder who knows that he is different from other kids but those same differences are what makes Aaron unique,” Chioko Grevious said. “Through Aaron’s daily activities, he realizes that his differences are his super powers.”

Alex Grevious held his first book-release party at First Baptist Church in the company of his parents and supporters. It was a courageous effort from a young person who is fully aware of his diagnosed condition.

His mental condition affects how he copes with others. But he found a way to use it to socialize about a disorder many youths his age do not understand.

Alex told his mother about his plans of a book. She said he told her, “‘I just wished they had a book that they can read about autism so that they would know that I am not doing this on purpose.’”

“He didn’t touch it for a little bit, and then he came home one day and started writing,” Ms. Grevious said.

Now that the book is published, Alex Grevious said he is “proud and happy” the way it turned out.

“I’m proud of it and I think it will help people understand
autism better. It can be really useful to some people,” the young Grevious told The OBSERVER. “Overall, I’m happy the way it turned out and how people can be inspired by it.”

Alex’s book is so effective, that some of his peers have told him that the book is great and said, “I’m sorry for what you’re going through,” he shared.

“That makes me a little bit more happy,” Grevious said.

Grevious is a social young man who keeps busy with extracurricular activities. More importantly, he uses the art of writing to convey his emotions. He is working writing comic books about dreams and a “chapter book” series about autism.

He also has a podcast, a series of spoken, audio episodes, that focuses on a particular topic or theme. Grevious interviews people who have small businesses and other notable individuals who are making changes in the community.

I tell them jokes, they tell me about their jobs, and they tell me what they like to do outside of their jobs,” he said. “It’s a fun podcast. Sometimes I ask them questions they don’t know how to answer, which makes me think I have really good questions.”

For more information about Ausomely Aaron and purchasing, reach out to Alex Grevious at alexgreviousspeaks@gmail.com

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer