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The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

THE SPARK IS A STORY OF PARENTAL LOVE

This was one of the inspiring books I have ever read. It should give the parent of any child with autism hope and the courage to never give up when receiving a negative evaluation. Jacob's mother was a remarkable mother and teacher who not only recognized the natural ab...
This was one of the inspiring books I have ever read. It should give the parent of any child with autism hope and the courage to never give up when receiving a negative evaluation. Jacob's mother was a remarkable mother and teacher who not only recognized the natural abilities of her own child but other autistic children as well. Her second child was born with very serious health problems,she suffered a stroke before 30 but that never deterred her from her goal
to have Jacob reach his full potential. He is a 14 year old prodigy. A mother's love can work miracles.

posted by 10893361 on April 19, 2013

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I am in the vast minority when it comes to this book.  I, like t

I am in the vast minority when it comes to this book.  I, like the author, am a mother of two kids on the autism spectrum who are both profoundly gifted.  I was excited when this book arrived in the mail.  




One of the reasons I didn't care for this book is that it w...
I am in the vast minority when it comes to this book.  I, like the author, am a mother of two kids on the autism spectrum who are both profoundly gifted.  I was excited when this book arrived in the mail.  




One of the reasons I didn't care for this book is that it was too much about the mother and not enough about her son.  I think reading a story that was just about Jake would had been captivating.  It is very impressive what he has been able to accomplish in his young life and it is going to be impressive where he goes from her. 




I think that the author has some great ways of helping her son, but that doesn't mean they are the only ways and everyone else is wrong.  This is what the author seems to want you to think.  Jake was lucky that his mother ran a day care so that he was around kids all day long.  For an autistic child, this could really help.  But most parents of autistic children do not have that.  




Some of the things made me question her ability to parent, such as the time when she had no heat and no food for her family during a winter.  




There are certainly aspects to this book that I liked and wished were more fleshed out, or at least written separately: One: make the story all about Jake.  Two: how the author's own health issues learned to adjust to her own struggles and how they affected her family.  Three: having her focus just on the "therapies" she has tried (those she came up with herself) and go into detail about them.  I think that the third would be invaluable!




I guess the thing that bothered me is that I should be able to relate to her because our children seem to have similar diagnosis, but I didn't.  As far as I know, children with autism cannot be "cured" of it.  They can learn to adapt more socially and some really surprise us with what they can do!  For me, my children aren't disabled, but being on the spectrum is just part of who they are.  Will they struggle in life? Yes, but everyone has their struggle in life... some are just more obvious.  








**I received this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a review.  This did not affect my review in any way.**

posted by code7r on August 11, 2013

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    I am in the vast minority when it comes to this book.  I, like t

    I am in the vast minority when it comes to this book.  I, like the author, am a mother of two kids on the autism spectrum who are both profoundly gifted.  I was excited when this book arrived in the mail.  




    One of the reasons I didn't care for this book is that it was too much about the mother and not enough about her son.  I think reading a story that was just about Jake would had been captivating.  It is very impressive what he has been able to accomplish in his young life and it is going to be impressive where he goes from her. 




    I think that the author has some great ways of helping her son, but that doesn't mean they are the only ways and everyone else is wrong.  This is what the author seems to want you to think.  Jake was lucky that his mother ran a day care so that he was around kids all day long.  For an autistic child, this could really help.  But most parents of autistic children do not have that.  




    Some of the things made me question her ability to parent, such as the time when she had no heat and no food for her family during a winter.  




    There are certainly aspects to this book that I liked and wished were more fleshed out, or at least written separately: One: make the story all about Jake.  Two: how the author's own health issues learned to adjust to her own struggles and how they affected her family.  Three: having her focus just on the "therapies" she has tried (those she came up with herself) and go into detail about them.  I think that the third would be invaluable!




    I guess the thing that bothered me is that I should be able to relate to her because our children seem to have similar diagnosis, but I didn't.  As far as I know, children with autism cannot be "cured" of it.  They can learn to adapt more socially and some really surprise us with what they can do!  For me, my children aren't disabled, but being on the spectrum is just part of who they are.  Will they struggle in life? Yes, but everyone has their struggle in life... some are just more obvious.  








    **I received this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a review.  This did not affect my review in any way.**

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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