Growing up with developmental disorders can be very difficult. Many children with learning disabilities struggle to fit in and advance with their peers. However, with a proper diagnosis and an altered lifestyle based on their specific needs, it can become possible for these children to make progress and even thrive in an academic setting.
Adhara Pérez Sánchez is a young girl from Mexico who was diagnosed with Autism at the young age of 3. Due to her condition, she faced some problems in her school and was even made fun of by her fellows. They called her a ‘’weirdo” and an “oddball.”
“I saw that Adhara was playing in a little house and they locked her up. And they started to chant: ‘Oddball, weirdo!” her mother, Nallely Sanchez, told The Yucatan Times. She said she did not want her daughter to suffer.
Sanchez shared that her daughter went into severe depression and despite having a genius mind, she didn’t want to go to school. “Teachers reported that Adhara would sleep through her lessons and didn’t show interest in anything. But I was aware of my daughter’s unusual intelligence, I had seen her learning periodic table at home at that young age, which is not something a three-year-old would do” her mother added.
Sanchez said that she realized the need for the situation and thought of getting help for her daughter. “I sought therapy for Adhara, and I was right to do so as it proved to be a turning point in her life. We identified that she possessed an extremely high IQ, and when she was tested, her IQ level was 162 which was even more elevated than that of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, the great geniuses.” Said Sanchez.
So, they changed her learning environment. And it helped Perez flourish in academics, and she finished elementary school by age 5, middle school by 6, and high school by 8. She is currently attending a university in Mexico, where she is pursuing two degrees in engineering and mathematics.
She gave a brilliant presentation on black holes at an event organized by the Institute of Art and Culture (IMAC) in Tijuana, where hundreds heard her of young children who were all amazed to hear her speak. “I’m surprised because how can a little girl know so much more than an adult? She already has two college careers,” said Karen Alonso, a young girl who attended the presentation.
She has also written a book about her life experiences – Note that she is only 9. The title of her book translates to “Do Not Give Up” and it has been featured in Forbes México‘s 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico list.
Pérez, who aspires to be an astronaut and wants to travel to MARS in the future wishes to work with NASA. She has also been invited to study astronomy at the University of Arizona after her story captured the attention of UA President Robert Robbins.
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