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Delta Force

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#1 11 years ago

If Autism makes people so much smarter than an average person why is it considered a disease? I mean doesn't a disease have to do something negative to you? As far as I know all it does it make you really smart but mess up behavior (Like your a smart dude with emotional problems).




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#2 11 years ago

Because Autism doesn't make people smarter.




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#3 11 years ago

No, that's not exactly the case I believe. It's been some time since I've read up on it, but here's my understanding of it.

Autistic people have social and communication difficulties, and are prone to very repetative behaviour in certain aspects. This can be an extreme facination with mathematics, for example. This results in extremely high amounts of time and effort being put in to it, next to a natural talent for said facination. This can lead to incredible accomplishments. It's possible that the facination is split over multiple subjects, leading to seemingly hyperintelligent people.

The problem however remains in social contacts, communication, and being so facinated with said subjects, there is no interest for other things.

But then again, this is just what I remember from reading on it in the past. I'll check it out a bit more detailed later.




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#4 11 years ago

I know for a fact that it has many negative social effects. I know one autistic guy, he cannot read body language. well, he couldnt. But he is getting better at it. Well, Chris down is autistic, so I would ask him.




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#5 11 years ago

Chaos nailed it spot on.

They are smart but socially retarded.




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#6 11 years ago

http://www.google.com/search?&q=define%3AAutism

Maybe you guys should read up on it. It doesn't say in any of those definitions that autistic people are geniuses.




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#7 11 years ago

does indirectly. Austistic children tend to focus on one specific subject and keep at learning this subject repeateadly.




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#8 11 years ago

One of the ways that autistic people can be viewed as being really smart or something to that effect is that the people with a higher degree of the disease tend to communicate soleley on what they hear other people say. Picking up phrases as they overhear conversations and things like that. I have a cousin who is profoundly Autistic. He could not even speak normally until just a few years ago. And even now everything he says he has picked up from someone or something else.




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#9 11 years ago

There is a spectrum of Autistic ability, as well. My little brother is autistic, but he is unfortunately very low functioning. He is eight and we are still having trouble potty training him. He does not speak, and he is not really sevant like some autistics may be. He is a very active and playful kid, though. Other than the bathroom he has little problem with physical intelligence (getting things opening, using chairs for climbing, figuring out locks, etc).




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#10 11 years ago

It is called splinter skills. Kids who are autistic often have one very amazing ability. For instance my teacher(who worked with mentally disabled people) knew an autistic person who could be told the time once and would be able to tell you exactly what time it was no matter when or where you asked him later on. All he had to do was hear it once and he could tell time by an internal clock for years.