The Spark: A Mother's Story Of Nurturing Genius

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The Spark: A Mother's Story Of Nurturing Genius

by Kristine Barnett

Random House Of Canada | April 9, 2013 | Hardcover |

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The extraordinary memoir of a mother''s love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius--and how any parent can help their child find their spark.
 
Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid researcher in quantum physics, working on extending Einstein''s theory of relativity. Diagnosed at 1 with severe autism, at 3 he was assigned to life-skills classes and his parents were told to adjust their expectations. The goal: tying his own shoes at 16. Kristine''s belief in the power of hope and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to fuel a child''s true potential changed everything.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: April 9, 2013

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307362795

ISBN - 13: 9780307362797

Every mother teaches her children they shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but few mothers have had to live that lesson like Kristine Barnett. When, at the age of two, her son Jake received diagnoses that progressed from Asperger’s to autism, doctors, teachers and therapists saw only the autism. Not Kristine. She saw a beautiful little boy and she simply could not accept the bleak life of limitations being projected for Jake. The Spark is a moving, terrifying and inspirational story of her courageous journey with Jake, a journey that is a testament to the ferocity of a mother’s love. Where others saw bizarre behaviour and emotional withdrawal, Barnett saw a spark in her son, an intelligence that just didn’t know how to talk to the world. Over the course of ten years she nurtured that spark with unwavering faith and a tenacity, that is, in the truest sense of the word, awesome. And the child, who therapists said shouldn't bother trying to learn the alphabet or tie his shoes, is now researching quantum physics at Indiana University, giving engaging interviews on TV and inspiring students to stop learning and start thinking. He is just 14. But this beautiful, joyful book is so much more than the story of an exceptional mother and her genius son. In a voice that could be your neighbour, your sister, or your best friend, Barnett shows us how to see children, whether those with autism or their non-spectrum friends, as she does – as unique people with infinite potential. She shows us that every child has a spark waiting to be discovered. If you are a mother, or have a child in your life, The Spark is simply the most compelling book you will read this year.

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The Spark: A Mother's Story Of Nurturing Genius

by Kristine Barnett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: April 9, 2013

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307362795

ISBN - 13: 9780307362797

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The extraordinary memoir of a mother''s love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius--and how any parent can help their child find their spark.
 
Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid researcher in quantum physics, working on extending Einstein''s theory of relativity. Diagnosed at 1 with severe autism, at 3 he was assigned to life-skills classes and his parents were told to adjust their expectations. The goal: tying his own shoes at 16. Kristine''s belief in the power of hope and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to fuel a child''s true potential changed everything.

About the Author

KRISTINE BARNETT is the mother of Jacob Barnett and his 3 younger siblings. She runs a daycare that includes both typical and special-needs children. She is also the founder of MyJacobsPlace, a nonprofit organization designed to help children with autism, as well as an award-winning sports league for autistic children.

Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL BESTSELLER    “In this incredibly moving memoir, Kristine Barnett shares her family’s journey with Jacob’s autism. A story about one mother’s unrelenting faith and determination, it’s required reading for anyone who’s ever been told they can’t.” — Chatelaine   “The book’s simple takeaway will resonate with parents of any stripe: Best outcomes often happen when we let our kids pursue their interests in as unfettered manner as possible, even if that simply means getting out of their way…. For anyone interested in the frontiers of the human intellect, it''s a fascinating portrayal of an off-the-charts genius with a singular ability to combine savant-like mathematical skills and perfect memory with profound analytical thought.” —Emily Donaldson, The Globe and Mail   “The extraordinary memoir of a mother’s love, commitment and nurturing. . . . Kristine Barnett’s story of what can happen when we keep our minds open to a child’s true potential informs our evolving perceptions of autism.” — The Bookseller (McNally Robinson) “ The Spark  describes in glowing terms the profound intensity with which a mother can love her child.” —Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree   “The Spark is about the transformative power of unconditional love.  If you have a child who’s &lsqu
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