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September 24, 2013 |

Filed under: News,Sci & Tech |

By: Amanda Froelich,

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A new generation of children has emerged,
different from its predecessors. Whether cause
to refined sugars and chemical additives in
food, one thing is certain: the rise of autism
and ADHD has risen significantly. Yet without
giving cause to understanding the true
underlying cause of the perceived issue, many
of the diagnosed youngsters (1 in 88) with
autism have been easily dismissed to
special-ed classes and forgotten about as


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An interesting phenomenon and inspiration to the culturally accepted mental disorders has
emerged, however, and his name is Jacob Barnett. A 15-year old prodigy with an IQ higher than
Einsteins, Barnett was diagnosed with autism at age 2, and like so many other young individuals,
was dismissed by doctors in their analysis that he would be forever unable to independently manage
day-today activities, such as tying his own shoe-laces. Thankfully, they were completely wrong.
With such diagnosis, it was Barnetts mother, Kristine Barnett whom battled with her intuition to let
Jacob study the world wide-eyed and full of wonder or listen to the teachers and therapists who
dissuaded her from hoping to teach Jacob more than basic skills. Diagnosed with moderate-severe
autism at age 2, Jacob struggled through the special-education system and withdrew into himself
with conventional instruction. Perceiving the spectacular things Jacob was accomplishing on his
own outside of therapy, such as creating accurate maps with streets out of Q-tips on the floor,
Kristine knew he just wasnt being guided in the instruction he needed. Therefore, she took on the
instruction herself.
For a parent its terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals, Kristine writes in her
memoir The Spark: A Mothers Story of Nurturing Genius. But I knew in my heart that if Jake
stayed in special-ed, he would slip away.
Operating under the concept of muchness, Kristine surrounded her children with what they loved,
and let Jacob explore all the things he wanted to explore such as patterns, shapes, and stars. His
intellect was apparent when his mom once took him out stargazing. A few months later, they visited
a planetarium where the professor was giving a lecture. Whenever the teacher asked questions,
Jacobs little hand shot up and he began to answer questions easily understanding complicated
theories about physics and the movement of planets.
Nurturing his individual process to learn, Jacob was soon ready for college at age 11. Now, at age 15,
he is a Masters student, on his way to earning a PhD in quantum physics; with an IQ of 170 (higher
than Einsteins), Jacob is currently working on his own theory of relativity.

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Professors at Princetons Institute for Advanced Study are impressed, stating The theory that hes
working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics,
astrophysics professor Scott Tremaine wrote to the family in an email. Anyone who solves these will
be in line for a Nobel Prize.
Jacob continues to inspire as a tutor to other college students in subjects like Calculus, is a published
scientific researcher, and with his family, runs a charity called Jacobs Place for kids on the spectrum,
raising awareness and dispelling myths about autism.
Im not supposed to be here at all, he said last year during a TEDx Teen Speech about forgetting
what you know in New York City. You know, I was told that I wouldnt talk. Theres probably a
therapist watching who is freaking out right now.
While he makes it look so easy, his mother, Kristine Barnett, confides that he has to work hard on a
daily basis to handle his autism. He overcomes it every day. There are things he knows about

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himself that he regulates everyday she told the Indianapolis Star in April.
Jacob and his familys inspirational story was quickly snatched up by Warner Bros. Films with
intended purpose to share the phenomenal journey. Its clear with dismantled conditioning of
limitation, he will continue to shine and contribute immensely in the field of science.

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The challenge to become aware of unguided potential is easily clouded by the close-minded trap of
Western thinking. Truly, there are no limitations, and in order to grow and conceive even greater
than past cultures have achieved, this mindset needs to be accepted by all. Thankfully Jacob Barnett
has made waves for this to become so.

Jacob Published Researcher
TEDx Teen Talk Jacob
Jacob Barnett, BBC News





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The writing in this article needs tremendous improvement. "Whether cause to sugar"? "The rise of autism and
ADHD has risen "?

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Stewart Thompson
Perhaps the article is refering to the double-derivative of autism and ADHD, saying that the rate at which
mental disorders are increasing is increasing... ;)
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