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    DescriptionKristine 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 transformative, "The Spark "is about the power of love and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we learn how to tap the true potential that lies within every child, and in all of us.

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    The Spark
    A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kristine Barnett, Read by Kathe Mazur
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 150 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 280 g
    ISBN 13: 9780449009628
    ISBN 10: 0449009629

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO017000
    BIC subject category V2: JMP
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, PSY022020, BIO026000
    DC22: 618.92/85882
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56820
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: RJ506.A9 B278 2013B
    Edition statement
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Publication date
    09 April 2013
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "[An] amazing memoir . . . compulsive reading."--"The Washington Post" " " ""The Spark" is about the transformative power of unconditional love. If you have a child who's 'different'--and who doesn't?--you won't be able to put it down."--Sylvia Nasar, author of" A Beautiful Mind" "Love, illness, faith, tragedy and triumph--it's all here. . . . Jake Barnett's story contains wisdom for every parent."--"Newsday" " " "This eloquent memoir about an extraordinary boy and a resilient and remarkable mother will be of interest to every parent and/or educator hoping to nurture a child's authentic 'spark.'""--Publishers Weekly" " " "Compelling . . . Jake is unusual, but so is his superhuman mom.""--Booklist" ""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" "An invigorating, encouraging read."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Every parent and teacher should read this fabulous book!"--Temple Grandin, author of "Thinking in Pictures "and co-author of" The Autistic Brain" "From the Hardcover edition."