There is a mother whose name is Kristine Barnett who raised an autistic son, and she says: "Instead of following conventional ways of therapy/education, focus on what that individual child needs. Listen to them, listen to your heart." This is NOT the current way of education OR therapy, and in fact is seen as too much of a burden to offer. Yet is it not true, that children who rebel and grow up being labeled "learning disabled" can be more of a "burden" then helping them to thrive, and grow and find what they are good at so that they do NOT rebel but instead excel?
The main protocol for "teaching" these children, is to force them to learn 40-60 hours a week what they are NOT good at in order to make them better in those areas. It is a struggle, and difficult and not fun for parent, child or educator. The instant Kristine focused on what her son, Jacob, LOVES and IS good at, she began to notice an immediate change in his behavior and patterns of thought. Even though the doctors told them once her son stopped speaking at the age of 2 that he would never speak again, within a few short years of changing her educational approach and focus on "who her son is and what he is capable of" he began to speak fluently. Not only was he able to speak again, but he began to THRIVE in physics and mathematics and is now studying at the University of Waterloo at the young age of 15. He is also said to be on his way already to win a Nobel Peace Prize and has an IQ said to be greater than that of Einstein! If this mother did not follow her own heart and inner guidance, Jacob would not have followed his own, and he would also not be contributing positively to humanity in the way he is now.
Jacob is now clearly happy, communicative, and a demonstration for all other children. After the much success with Jacob, Kristine began to run out of her previous home in Indiana, a school for other autistic children. She soon had over 200 kids and ALL of them benefitted and excelled from this new approach to education. A focus on what they are GOOD at versus what they are NOT good at and a focus on how well they are DOING versus what they are struggling with. These children transformed. Not only was this method helpful to those who had supposed "learning disabilities" but any other child who adopted this method of learning, including Kristine's other children, were tapping into their own inner genius, finding what they love and exploding with wisdom in a specific area where they could make a HUGE difference for the BETTERMENT of all humanity.
This is incredible to see this demonstration and to allow us to have a new view of these autistic or "learning disabled" children. Its not THEM that have the problem, but those who are teaching them that need to re-learn how to teach them. This mother even said "We can only learn up to where our greatest teacher has learned." She pointed out that if she were to teach her son how to do physics, he would have stopped learning well before chemistry for that is where she is..... and yet, she said, when you allow them to tap into and learn from their own inner teacher, then they can learn to reach their highest and greatest potential here! The genius is ALREADY within, it just has to be brought forward!!!
Here is an interview that she and her son did, that goes indepth as to their story and experience.
She also wrote a book called the Spark: A mother's Story of Nurturing Genius.
Its time that the educators and professionals of the world open to new ways of offering education, so that EVERYONE can succeed and everyone can become what they are BORN to be and do here.
"Here’s an incredible story about a mother who totally disregarded what experts said about her son and threw off the label that was slapped on him as a toddler. Instead, she followed her own instincts – with astounding results."
" Its about creating motivation that is self driven" - Kristine Barnett
"Learning in school versus THINKING to solve problems....big difference." -Jacob Barnett
"Give time to CREATE and you can learn what you LOVE to create through exploration"