NBC's "Today Show" was in town Friday to do a follow up story about a local 2-year-old, Elizabeth Barrett, who can read.
NewsChannel 11 first introduced you to the Barrett family in February when we did a story on the gifted baby. Since then, Elizabeth has spent a lot of time in the spotlight on both local and national media.
About the time she turned one, Elizabeth's parents, Katy and Michael Barrett, realized she could read exceptionally well for her age. They knew Elizabeth was a very special child, but they hesitated to put her on television at such a young age. "We really didn't do this to seek any fame of fortune or anything like that. We honestly were doing it to get information to rear Elizabeth the best way we possibly could," said Michael.
Since their television debut, the Barrett's have received some positive feedback from other parents with gifted children. "We were able to again just gain some confidence in our abilities to raise her, you know, there's no manual out there, but we feel like we've gotten some good resources to put in our pocket," said Katy.
Elizabeth is now two-years-old and her abilities go beyond just reading, she also comprehends what she reads. Elizabeth can read the word "evaporation" and also knew it meant "water going up into the air."
Now that she's mastered English, Elizabeth is also learning Spanish. And she shows advanced skills in other areas as well. "Her memory is just really incredible," said her mother.
Now that she's mastered English, Elizabeth is learning Spanish. She also shows advanced skills in other areas. "Her memory is just really incredible," said her mother. Last week her parents bought Elizabeth a United States puzzle. Since then she's learned nearly all of the state capitals. Little Elizabeth demonstrated, between bites of a Popsicle, that she knows the capital of Texas is Austin and even Kentucky, which is Frankfort.
Katy and Michael think this will be the end of the television cameras for awhile. "This hopefully is going to close this part of her existence. We'll get away from the media stuff and just let her have a happy and normal life as best she can," said Michael.
They're turning their attention to other things, like Elizabeth's new baby brother who should arrive any day now. With a new baby on the way, there's a little bit of pressure to teach him just as much as they taught Elizabeth. The Barretts say they they'll give him all the same opportunities, but they don't expect him to necessarily have the same gifts, and they're excited to love him either way.
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