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La chispa/ The Spark : Un relato materno sobre educación, genialidad y autismo/ A Mother's Story

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La chispa cuenta la historia del increíble talento de un chico llamado Jacob Barnett que actualmente trabaja en la ampliación de la teoría de la relatividad de Einstein, con la edad de 13 años.

Es la historia real de una madre que siguió a su propio corazón poniendo el énfasis en las fuerzas y no las debilidades de su hijo autista. Decidida a que tuviera una infancia normal, descubrió las numerosas capacidades de su hijo, como la memoria y la capacidad visual y espacial. La fuerza de la esperanza de Kristine demuestra cómo podemos impulsar nuestro potencial verdadero y cambiar todo. No es un relato sobre la vivencia del autismo, sino sobre el desarrollo del potencial que todos llevamos dentro.

Kristine 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 over
Number of Pages: 318
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Psychology
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs, Psychopathology / Autism
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo USA
Author: Kristine Barnett
Language: Spanish
Street Date: June 28, 2016
TCIN: 51413956
UPC: 9788403013490
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-2927
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