Meet Mensa's youngest US member: She joined at age 2May 2, 2012
Emmelyn Roettger loves to write, spell and count. She's so fascinated by science and space that she rattles off details about nebulas, black holes, Saturn's rings and Jupiter's size with ease. She knows that another term for cell division is "mitosis," and that caterpillars turn into butterflies through "metamorphosis."
Emme just turned 3 in April. Her parents felt a rush of gratification and relief in March when she became the youngest U.S. member of the high-IQ society Mensa - and here's why.
When Emme was an infant, doctors had diagnosed her with "unspecified delays" and cautioned that she might have autism. Her mom and dad were heartsick when they observed that, at 9 months old, Emme seemed to avoid eye contact and never reached for toys or tried to crawl.
Right around that time, Emme's mother, Michelle Horne, was overcome by a hunch. She asked to have her daughter's vision checked.
"It turned out that she just needed glasses!" recalled Horne, 41, a former sixth-grade science teacher who lives in the D.C. area. "It was so obvious that any delays she had were vision-related. From there on out, she just took off."
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