The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius {Book Review}

Friday, January 31, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

Hey there! You know how I told you I'm blogging a bit less and reading a bit more? Well, it's true. One of the best books I've read recently is The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius
by Kristine Barnett.

Kristine was a typical parent, just like the rest of us... until her son was diagnosed with autism. Her life suddenly changed in a big way. Her days became filled with experts trying to help her son. Their time was being taken away from their family, and their lives began to revolve around her son's diagnosis. Her son became even more withdrawn, and soon stopped talking all together.

Eventually, Kristine had enough. She pulled him out of school, stopped the appointments, and began to work with her son in a way that she saw fit. Instead of trying to strengthen his weaknesses, she decided to work on what he enjoyed... the things that made him spark. When she did this that her son's behavior started to change for the better.

Not only did her son seem happier, but she noticed that he was smarter than she had ever imagined. At age 3, he he was able to recite numerous license plate numbers from memory. A few years later, Jacob taught himself algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus in a week so he could prepare to take college classes. Yes, college classes... at age 8. He left the school he was going to so he could take classes in advanced astrophysics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Kristine had his IQ tested, only to find out that he was the only person, ever, to where he outsmarted the IQ test. He was, in fact, a savant... with an IQ higher than Einstein. It's hard to say as there hasn't been a test created to assess how smart he is.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing. I've never been so inspired to follow my instincts for raising my own children. It literally changed how I saw my life and my own family. I think every person who is around children would benefit greatly from The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett.

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