Adhara Pérez was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 3. She was “made a mockery at school.” Other students would bully Pérez, calling her names like “weirdo” and “oddball.”
Asperger’s is included on the autism spectrum and can cause difficulties with social interactions.
Adhara, who is 9, found that her IQ is estimated at 162 – slightly higher than that of Einstein and Stephen Hawking (both estimated at about 160). Following a special study plan, Adhara finished middle school by the age of 6, and high school by the age of 8. At present, she is earning 2 degrees online – one in industrial engineering in mathematics and one in systems engineering.
Adhara also fell into a “very deep” depression, according to her mother, Nallely Sanchez, with the bright young pupil not wanting to go to school anymore. Teachers also said Pérez would sleep in class, showing an apparent lack of interest. Her mother, aware of her daughter’s unusual smartness at home, recognized the current education plan wasn’t the right fit for her daughter, and took Pérez to therapy, she told the outlet. From there, the girl’s extremely high IQ was identified.
The child genius wrote a book about her experiences with a title that roughly translates to ‘Do Not Give Up’ and was even featured in Forbes México‘s 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico list.
Adhara is also developing a new smart bracelet that’s able to monitor the emotions of differently abled children, anticipating and preventing seizures and other outbursts.
Nallely Sanchez plans to take Pérez to the United States in order to take entrance exams at the University of Arizona, the girl’s dream school. Pérez, now learning English to prepare for the opportunity, wants to explore astrophysics. Someday, she’d like to be an astronaut.