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Tania Cervantes Child Development 1 Dr. Shepherd Winter 2018, Course 12644 Assignment #3 CBS Segment on Jake Jake Barnett is a 13-year-old boy, that is a math and science mastermind. He plans to investigate theories of physics and challenge them. At the early age of 8, Jake started taking college classes obtaining high grades of A’s and B’s. By the age of 12, Jake was working on scientific research and getting paid for his work. He continued his studies and at age 13 he was a sophomore lecturing fellow researchers that are twice his age on a scientific experiment he worked on. Memorizing math problems is fun for Jake, he enjoys solving and it is impossible for him to forget numbers or math problems. As a test he memorized and the infinite series of numbers we all know as pi in a small amount of time. He memorized pi to test his amazing ability, he can also recite pi backwards. Memorizing is not just a talent he has, he understands everything he studies and analyzes the logic answers of higher mathematics. Jake states that he can view and solve math problems using the 4th dimension. This fourth dimension consists of shapes that help him solve and visualize the problems differently. He is often working on new math physics problems and theories; his brain never stops solving problems. He says remembering problems and numbers does not complicate his life, because numbers and equations are the only things he memorizes. At home he is the oldest of four, his room was transformed into a personal science lab from the winnings he earned in the science research. Jake has a full scholarship at the university of Indiana and where he is an honors student in math and physics. Peers at the university were confused, often mistaken his mother as the student and him attending class with her because of no babysitter. At the age of 2, Jake stopped speaking and making eye contact. Jake was diagnosed with autism, after his parents consulted various doctors. Jake’s parents were concerned because he was not very social, and he was not speaking or making eye contact. Jake wanted to learn and do things that he was interested in, his age level classes were not interesting to him, they were not challenging him. He was 10 years old, when he dropped out of regular school and sat in at a calculus class to prove to the university that he could stay still and pay attention. He self-taught himself algebra, geometry and trigonometry in just 2 weeks to pursue his college courses. The Barnett’s started a center place for autistic kids, but Jake’s autism symptoms have disappeared.
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In the general population of autism, 10 percent will have an autistic savant skill where they’re exceptional at something. His parents handled his autism in a great manner because they kept Jake interests as a priority. They saw that Jake liked being challenged and this made him happy. They stimulated Jake’s advantages and didn’t hold him back when it came to his autism. Autism is not all negative, it had many advantages on Jake and his family.
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