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Can having autism cause someone to be smart?

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Dr. Sophie Duriez
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Not really but: U might find this article interesting: link found between child prodigies and autism. http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/chldprod.htm "our findings suggest child prodigies have traits in common with autistic children, but something is preventing them from displaying the deficits we associate with the disorder.".
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 50 years experience
One of the hallmarks: Of autistic spectrum disorder is an uneven cognitive profile, doing as well if not better than same-age peers in some areas while having difficulty in others. For example, rote memory & non-verbal problem-solving can be excellent, while social communication & reciprocal social interactions are areas of difficulty.

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