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The Spark

A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius
Barnett, Kristine (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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The mother of an autistic child who was eventually recognized as a genius recounts her rejection of conventional advice from developmental experts and shares the strategies she utilized for tapping her son's potential.
Authors: Barnett, Kristine
Title: The spark
a mother's story of nurturing genius
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: x, 250 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: The mother of an autistic child who was eventually recognized as a genius recounts her rejection of conventional advice from developmental experts and shares the strategies she utilized for tapping her son's potential.
Local Note: 6 15 35 53 57 60 74 76 97 112 118 133 138 143 152 172 175 176 182 193 216 222 228 231 242 244 245 250
ISBN: 9780812993370
Statement of Responsibility: Kristine Barnett
Subject Headings: Barnett, Jacob, 1998- Mental health. Autistic children Rehabilitation. Mothers of autistic children Case studies. Autism in children Case studies.
Topical Term: Autistic children
Mothers of autistic children
Autism in children
LCCN: 2012032774
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Apr 09, 2014
  • kanbantus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book. It made me cry couple of times, so I had to stop reading and get a tissue, and I also bursted into uncontrollable laugh couple of times too so my husband came to check from the other room if I was not choking :) Real eye-opener, made me rethink what I should and should not let my toddler girl do, now I let her do things that I previously did not, because I did not want to get her clothes dirty or room too messy... Very interesting read, I consider buying my own copy to store it on my bookshelf so I could reread it again and again. What a passionate mother little Jake has!

Mar 29, 2014
  • ebutters rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A definite read for parents and teachers and people who want to be parents one day. It is inspiring and gives you hope and comfort in case you ever face this situation. It was a bit repetitive at times (her reasons for her decisions to help others). Overall, a great read! A truly amazing kid.

Jan 10, 2014
  • Barcode55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'll read this book again and again, not only for the amazing true story, but for the information about how our brains work. Absolutely one of the best books I've read! I strongly recommend it for everyone.

We are so very fortunate that Kristine decided to share her son with the world through this amazing memoir. Jake is an incredible example of what can happen when we practice live and let live, when we let go of conformity and nurture what comes naturally.

Oct 03, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Spark is a book, which like Jake, is off the ratings chart for me. I was so moved that I literally couldn't put it down till I finished it. This is the true story of Kristine Burnett fighting the system and finding the spark that makes her Autistic son Jacob tick. This spark is in fact a blazing fire and by focusing on what Jake CAN do instead of what he CANNOT Kris brings Jake out of his shell. The story is not just about Jake's phenomenal achievements; it is about a mother's love. A love which nurtures her child and let's him, and others like him, be a child - not totally involved in therapy. Kristin says, she wrote this book to share her son with the world. I for one am really thankful that she did. The world is a better place because of this book.

Sep 29, 2013
  • lucky38 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an interesting book! A great story of a mother who would not give up on her son. Of course, the seed of genius had to be there all along, but the mom felt her son had potential and she pursued that.
a truly good read.

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Apr 09, 2014
  • kanbantus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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