Diagnosed with Autism at the Age of 2, This 14-Year Old Boy Was Told That He Would Never Learn to Read. Now He's a Graduate Student in Quantum Physics.
Therapists didn't think much of Jacob Barnett's future. But his mother saw him demonstrate a prodigious memory, pattern recognition skills and an intuitive grasp of astrophysics:
One day, his mom took him stargazing. A few months later, they visited a planetarium where a professor was giving a lecture. Whenever the teacher asked questions, Jacob’s little hand shot up and he began to answer questions — easily understanding complicated theories about physics and the movement of planets.
Jacob was just 3-1/2 years old.
His mom realized that Jacob might need something that the standard special education curriculum just wasn’t giving him.
So Kristine decided to take on the job herself.
Now that's good parenting.
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Another issue is ABA. This type of therapy often frustrates autistics who are bright but have difficulty communicating. Autism Speaks is a big supporter of this therapy, despite it being shown to help very few autistics.
Another issue is that it's very common for educators to jump on the latest bandwagon and attempt to apply the latest and greatest to autistic students.
So, actually, there's on big issue: every autistic is different, just like us.