Many researchers are now starting to rethink how much we really know about autistic people, their abilities and what gems may be hidden in the autistic brain.
Autism is known to affect the brain’s normal development of communication and social skills, but where the average human processes 13 to 30 cycles of brain wave energy per second in their conscious state, a person with autism can process up to 250,000 cycles. This means that they are capable of going beyond what we would consider common understanding.
Researchers have come to the conclusion that we may be underestimating what people with autism can contribute to society, especially when it comes to child prodigies. These children evoke awe, wonder and jealousy in the general population. How can they display talents that most people would never be able to master even with years of practice?
One teenager from Indiana, who was diagnosed with autism and advised he would never be able to read as a toddler, is poised to become a future Nobel prize winner. This is definitely not what Jacob Barnett’s parents expected from a child whose first few years were spent in silence.
Since The Indianapolis Star first introduced Jacob and his family to readers in 2011, many people have celebrated his prodigal intelligence. His mother, Kristine Barnett, even released a book “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius,” which is a memoir about the journey for Jacob and his parents. Released by Random House, the book is available in 20 countries and is even going to be adapted into a movie. Warner Bros. has already acquired the rights to his story.
Jacob was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 2-years-old. Now 14, he is studying for a Master’s degree in quantum physics and has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein.