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  • The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristine Barnett
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At 9 he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age 12 he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. At age 2, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes.

    Dr says: "Interesting but Very Self-Serving"
    "Interesting but Very Self-Serving"
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    The Spark was an interesting revelation of what the mind of an autistic child is capable of, and the need to reach them at their own level. I had several problems with it, mostly that I became very fed up with this woman's apparently bottomless capacity for self-congratulation. The book also risks giving parents of autistic children the impression that if they only try harder, their child can become a prodigy too. I did not finish the book, as after a while it provided no new information, just endless self-promotion.


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