In the past, the stereotypes of autism often included a savant capability in some specific thing. A new look at eight child ‘prodigies’ suggests there may actually be a link between the children’s special skills and autism. 

Or, people who are really good at some things tend to develop less socially. 

Of the eight prodigies they looked at, three had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and as a group, the prodigies tended to have slightly elevated scores on a test of autistic traits  compared to the control group. Half of the prodigies had a family member or a first- or second-degree relative with an autism diagnosis.

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