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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.

Reviews

This important book shows that autism and innate talent are linked.

Temple Grandin

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.

David Feldman

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    9781846045257

    January 3, 2017

    Rider

    288 pages

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    9781473550612

    November 3, 2016

    Ebury Digital

    288 pages

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