The family link between Autism and extraordinary talent
Full of amazing stories, here is a fascinating new theory on the scientific link between autism and gifted children.
'[AN] IMPORTANT BOOK' TEMPLE GRANDIN
Over the course of her career, psychologist Joanne Ruthsatz has assembled the largest-ever research sample of child prodigies. Their accomplishments are epic. One could reproduce radio tunes by ear on a toy guitar at two years old. Another was a thirteen-year-old cooking sensation. And what Ruthsatz’s investigation revealed is nothing short of astonishing. Though the prodigies aren’t autistic, many have autistic family members. Each prodigy has an extraordinary memory and a keen eye for detail—well-known but often-overlooked strengths associated with autism.
Ruthsatz proposes a startling possibility: might the abilities of child prodigies stem from a genetic link with autism? And could prodigies - children who have many of the strengths of autism but few of the challenges - be the key to a long-awaited autism breakthrough?
This inspiring book about extraordinary children, indomitable parents and a researcher's unorthodox hunch is essential reading for anyone interested in the brain and human potential.
“This important book shows that autism and innate talent are linked.”
“A refreshing counterpoint to the many books that focus on disability in children.”
John Elder Robison
“[A] scientific page-turner...Ruthsatz and Stephens may have written the Rosetta stone of talent development.”