The New Einstein has Autism
Meet the Einstein of our generation; Jacob Barnett.
Jacob is brilliant. He could be the mathematician of our generation. He’s working on theorem’s that could radically change how we see and understand the universe. However, like Einstein, he was severely underestimated as a wee child because he failed at things like finger painting.
Jacob lives with autism. Doctor’s thought he’d never talk, read, or make similar childhood accomplishments.
Did you know that Einstein was considered not very academically bright in his childhood? Seems silly but that’s what happens when you focus on what people can’t do. Instead of where they shine.
Jacob’s mother, Kristine Barnett, has written a book called ‘The Spark.’ In it she talks about how important it is to follow the gifts and interests of our children. Which sounds a lot like person centered thinking.
Not every child will be a savant. Not every story of disability ends with brilliant accomplishments and a glowing career in academia. However, we all benefit when we’re allowed to grow in our own talents. We should all be judged by what makes us wonderful. Instead of our disabilities, we should think instead of our diverse abilities.
What did you guys think of Jacob’s Tedtalk? Let me know in the comments.
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