After being diagnosed with Aspergers, doctors said he’d never be able to tie his shoes on his own and his teachers said he couldn’t learn. After registering an IQ higher than that of Albert Einstein, his mother pulled him from his special education programs at school and put him on a different path.
In her book, “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius” she says she was afraid of trying to pull him out of school.
“For a parent, it’s terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals,” she wrote. “But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.” Jacob was not thriving in special ed classes. He kept turning deeper into himself and was uncommunicative with other people.”
Jacob’s doctors prescribed medical treatments. His mother saw that when he wasn’t in therapy, he was able to do amazing things.
“He would create maps all over our floor using Q-tips. They would be maps of places we’ve visited and he would memorize every street.”
While his peers were in the 5th grade, Jacob was put in university classes where, due to his remarkable memory, was able to learn all of high school math in about 14 days. He’s on track to graduate college at the age of 14 and is up for a Nobel Prize for his work on theories to build on Einstein’s theory of relativity.