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The Spark - Raising a Genius

Kristine Barnett

Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein's, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine 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 twelve 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 two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes. The Spark is a remarkable memoir of mother and son. Surrounded by "experts" at home and in special ed who tried to focus on Jake's most basic skills and curtail his distracting interests-moving shadows on the wall, stars, plaid patterns on sofa fabric-Jake made no progress, withdrew more and more into his own world, and eventually stopped talking completely. Kristine knew in her heart that she had to make a change. Against the advice of her husband, Michael, and the developmental specialists, Kristine followed her instincts, pulled Jake out of special ed, and began preparing him for mainstream kindergarten on her own. Relying on the insights she developed at the daycare center she runs out of the garage in her home, Kristine resolved to follow Jacob's "spark"-his passionate interests. Why concentrate on what he couldn't do? Why not focus on what he could? This basic philosophy, along with her belief in the power of ordinary childhood experiences (softball, picnics, s'mores around the campfire) and the importance of play, helped Kristine overcome huge odds. The Barnetts were not wealthy people, and in addition to financial hardship, Kristine herself faced serious health issues. But through hard work and determination on behalf of Jake and his two younger brothers, as well as an undying faith in their community, friends, and family, Kristine and Michael prevailed. The results were beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Dramatic, inspiring, and tran

Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein's, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine 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 twelve 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 two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes. The Spark is a remarkable memoir of mother and son. Surrounded by "experts" at home and in special ed who tried to focus on Jake's most basic skills and curtail his distracting interests-moving shadows on the wall, stars, plaid patterns on sofa fabric-Jake made no progress, withdrew more and more into his own world, and eventually stopped talking completely. Kristine knew in her heart that she had to make a change. Against the advice of her husband, Michael, and the developmental specialists, Kristine followed her instincts, pulled Jake out of special ed, and began preparing him for mainstream kindergarten on her own. Relying on the insights she developed at the daycare center she runs out of the garage in her home, Kristine resolved to follow Jacob's "spark"-his passionate interests. Why concentrate on what he couldn't do? Why not focus on what he could? This basic philosophy, along with her belief in the power of ordinary childhood experiences (softball, picnics, s'mores around the campfire) and the importance of play, helped Kristine overcome huge odds. The Barnetts were not wealthy people, and in addition to financial hardship, Kristine herself faced serious health issues. But through hard work and determination on behalf of Jake and his two younger brothers, as well as an undying faith in their community, friends, and family, Kristine and Michael prevailed. The results were beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Dramatic, inspiring, and tran
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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 nine 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 twelve 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 two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes. The Spark is a remarkable memoir of mother and son. Surrounded by "experts" at home and in special ed who tried to focus on Jake's most basic skills and curtail his distracting interests-moving shadows on the wall, stars, plaid patterns on sofa fabric-Jake made no progress, withdrew more and more into his own world, and eventually stopped talking completely. Kristine knew in her heart that she had to make a change. Against the advice of her husband, Michael, and the developmental specialists, Kristine followed her instincts, pulled Jake out of special ed, and began preparing him for mainstream kindergarten on her own. Relying on the insights she developed at the daycare center she runs out of the garage in her home, Kristine resolved to follow Jacob's "spark"-his passionate interests. Why concentrate on what he couldn't do? Why not focus on what he could? This basic philosophy, along with her belief in the power of ordinary childhood experiences (softball, picnics, s'mores around the campfire) and the importance of play, helped Kristine overcome huge odds. The Barnetts were not wealthy people, and in addition to financial hardship, Kristine herself faced serious health issues. But through hard work and determination on behalf of Jake and his two younger brothers, as well as an undying faith in their community, friends, and family, Kristine and Michael prevailed. The results were beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Dramatic, inspiring, and tran

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kathe Mazur

Length:

10h 36m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:27


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:32


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:24


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:46


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:52


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:50


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:19


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:35


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:26


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:08


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:53


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:13


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:50


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:18


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:15


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:34