Adib an inventor
Adib Yazdonshenas’ parents knew there was something extraordinary about their son.
At 18 months Adib was able to read in English by matching words with the pictures.
Adib’s parents Parivash and Henry are from Iran and have lived in Palmerston North for 11 years. They say their son is highly intelligent and learns quickly.
“We are hoping for assistance in expert teaching to engage Adib in his learning.”
Parivash said she taught Adib the Farsi alphabet — Iran’s native language — when he was two and then taught him 50 words in Farsi.
At two Adib started at playgroup and Henry and Parivash noticed Adib’s memory was very good.
When he was three, Parivash wrote several words on a board that Adib had never seen or heard before, and asked him to read them aloud. She recorded the moment, and it was at this time Adib was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum by his paediatrician.
Adib continued to astound his parents and when he was four he joined a summer reading class at the library.
He was also finding words in word searches for children aged four to 10.
When he was five Adib was enrolled in school but required a full-time teacher aid. For two years Parivash has homeschooled Adib, which she says is successful.
Henry, an electrical engineer, said Adib looked at a small motor but asked to look inside to see how it worked.
“I want to look at it when it is turning,” Adib told his father.
An invention Adib built won first place in the Home and Country Show at the Manawatu¯ Home Education in 2017 and again this year. The invention still holds his interest as he explains how all the parts work.
Adib showed Henry how to slow the speed of a component on the invention by distancing it from the magnet. Adib named the component “momentarily switch”.
“He is already surpassing my abilities,” says Henry. “The sad part is we can’t feed him enough, we get so exhausted. We need a troop to help us with his demands.” They are learning from Adib as well.
“We are learning to be patient,” she said. “Adib is very kind and full of love.”
Adib Yazdonshenas is an avid reader.
Adib with one of his inventions. He likes to deconstruct things to see how they work.