An important video: "This Mother Tore Off Labels And Nurtured Her Son’s Hidden Genius" - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 6 Old 03-23-2014, 11:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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A lot of you may be familiar with her book, but I wasn't - I just saw this, and it's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. It's not that it's all new - many of us toss around these ideas, but here's someone who got an idea and ran with it, carrying her son through what could have been a catastrophic time. I think it's important information for any parent or person relating with children:


"A breakthrough of monumental proportions" the interviewer said. Well said. She was told her autistic son would never talk again, but Instead of focusing on Jacob’s limitations, Kristine nurtured his interests, but now at that age of 15, he's on track to win a Nobel Prize for his work in theoretical physics. 

She had been told to just give up and look into who might take care of him as an adult - but she wasn't buying it. She saw that encouraging and supporting what interested him instead of bombarding him with things was what lit him up and brought him back into communication.  She's done the same with her other children. He's exceptionally articulate for anyone his age, and seems like a delightful person to spend time with. Please pass this around if it moves you the way it did me - this is important stuff to get out there.  :)  Lillian

 

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Thank you so much for sharing that! I was completely unaware of it, and I'm just in awe! Amazing!!!

 

This mother is my hero! This story brought tears to my eyes.

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Thank you so much for sharing that! I was completely unaware of it, and I'm just in awe! Amazing!!!

 

This mother is my hero! This story brought tears to my eyes.

 

Yes! Awe is the word for it. I sure hope this goes viral - this could mean so much to so many people's lives. What a lucky child he was to have a mother who could think beyond the box and open the door to the kind of life he's living now. And to realize what a difference it could also make in just an ordinary child's life is so inspiring. Even schools have a lot to learn here about the possibilities!

 

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Thank you for sharing.  It was nice to hear from the boy as well as the mom.

 

ETA: a timely post.

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Thanks for sharing!

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So great to see that video!! I just finished reading the book a couple days ago, and absolutely loved it!  I think every parent/teacher/caregiver should read it. So so inspirational. Thanks for posting!


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