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She let him explore the things he wanted to explore. He studied patterns and shadows and stars. At the same time, she made sure that he enjoyed "normal" childhood pleasures - softball, picnics - along with other kids his age. "I operate under a concept called 'muchness'," Kristine said. "Which is surrounding children with the things they love - be it music, or art, whatever they're drawn to and love."
Jacob also has an IQ of 170 - higher than that of Einstein. He is history's youngest astrophysics researcher, has spoken at a New York TED conference and appeared on a variety of news interviews, including 60 Minutes and the Time magazine website. Not bad for someone who was classified by state experts as so severely disabled that he would never tie his own shoes or learn to read. If Jacob had stayed within the system, the prediction may very well have come true.