2 May 2016

Tapping the Potential

Here is a remarkable, up-lifting and life affirming story of a woman named Kristine Barnett who would not let a diagnosis of autism define her son Jacob who was 2 years old at the time.  Mrs Barnett trusted her maternal instincts and did not give up hope for her son.  Instead of solely concentrating on all the things which Jacob couldn't do as an autistic child, Mrs Barnett used all her energy to focus on all the things which Jacob could do which led her and her family on an incredible journey of discovery.  Mrs Barnett wrote a book about her experiences entitled, "The Spark, A Mother's story of nurturing genius". 

 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 Jacob's Place, a non-profit organization designed to help children with autism, as well as an award-winning sports league for autistic children. 

Jacob L. "Jake" Barnett (born May 26, 1998) is an American physics student and child prodigy.  According to a memoir penned by his mother, he was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old and was home-schooled by his parents.
Barnett was admitted to the Perimeter Scholars International in 2013, a one-year non-degree master's level program at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario.  At the age of 15, he was the youngest student admitted to the program since its inaugural class four years prior in 2009. He completed the program in 2014 and has subsequently been listed as a doctoral student at the Perimeter Institute.

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