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Breaking Barriers of Autism

The solutions and breakthroughs of autism have long been a point of research, but this mother figured out the best way to help her child on her own. Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, and now that he is 12 years old, he is reaching new achievements that are not commonly seen with autistic children. But Jacob is special, and his mother, Kristine, also put him through a different education system.

Jacob was put through a cookie cutter education system right after he was diagnosed. Kristine was told he would never be able to read, tie his own shoes, or function normally in society. But, just from watching Jacob work on his own, Kristine realized he was already doing incredible things that were being overlooked by the education system he was in. She decided to go against what all the professionals were telling her and homeschool Jacob herself.

Through homeschooling, Jacob was able to discover and learn what he wanted to learn, and in the right amounts of time. He also had more time for hands-on activities like art, crafting, and sports.

Jacob’s mother’s plan worked; at the age of 11, Jacob is studying condensed matter physics at Indiana University-Purdue University. His IQ is higher than Einstein’s, being at 170. With the work and research that Jacob is currently doing, he could be on his way to a Nobel Prize. One of his professors said that the problems he is working on are some of the hardest in theoretical physics and astrophysics.

--Jessalyn Kieta

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