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The Prodigys Cousin We all know the autistic genius stereotypes The absentminded professor with untied shoelaces The geeky Silicon Valley programmer who writes bullet­proof code but can’t get a date But there is another set of tiny geniuses whom you would never add to those ranks—child prodigies We mostly know them as the chatty and charming tykes who liven up day­time TV with violin solos and engaging banter These kids aren’t autistic and there has never been any kind of scientific connection between autism and prodigy  Until now  Over the course of her career psychologist Joanne Ruthsatz has uietly assembled the largest ever research sample of these children 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 and her daughter and coauthor Kim­berly Stephens now propose a startling possibility What if 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  In The Prodigy’s Cousin Ruthsatz and Stephens narrate the poignant stories of the children they have studied including that of a two year old who loved to spell words like “algorithm” and “confeder­ation” a six year old painter who churned out mas­terpieces faster than her parents could hang them and a typically developing thirteen year old who smacked his head against a church floor and woke up a music prodigy  This inspiring tale of extraordinary children indomitable parents and a researcher’s unorthodox hunch is essential reading for anyone interested in the brain and human potential Ruthsatz and Stephens take us from the prodigies’ homes to the depths of the autism archives to the cutting edge of genetics research all while upending our under­standing of what makes exceptional talent possible I really enjoyed this book It was an easier read than I thought it would beThe stories of the prodigies and even the autist's stories were well told and really interestingEven though a lot of the science wasn't uite there most of it wasn't statistically significant it does seem really intriguing like there IS a link between autism and prodigyI really LOVED the section where the author compared the HIV research with how we could be looking at prodigies and autist's genes The science was easy to digest as wellI felt like she hit a good middle ground when it came to the politics of autism cure it vs accept it Ok finished it Still don't see the scienceShe chose a number of prodigy's using the theory that they had to be professionals before age 10 OK why Well someone else's researchNature vs nurture was ignored To be blunt if the families hadn't fed the obsession supplied everything from books to teachers to materials to travel to it would never have happened Many had ASD SPD is in the family of disorders by POND that all have the similar ASD genes as a child which I had issues with since IMO the premise was to prove that ASD was in the family tree not the prodigy and if it was in the prodigy does that make them a savant Just because over time they may pass for normal are they As we discovered passing and puberty and psychometric testing all show those lovely blips that never disappear She just says oh it does exist but we never see any dataThey did some basic genetic testing but it was never compared to other genetic testing that has been done on ASD children POND just a wasn't that interesting Again no data or tables listedThen there was prodigy's are empathic ASD's are not Now she said afterwards that maybe it's not uite that true but again old research and Simon Baron Cohen's who testing methods she was using because they were freeI have no idea why all of a sudden she was comparing HIV research to ASD research at the end And why the discussion on Behavioural Therapy Temple Grandin and other random ASD information at the end Disappointed I was really curious about the links But it's just another ASD book in a pile of many In spite of it's intriguing title The Prodigy's Cousin presented little scientific evidence to link prodigies with autistic savants both of which seem to have exceptional memory due to a heightened attention to detail The one study citing prodigies with close relatives who are autistic had an ultra small sample Ruthsatz focused on case histories of prodigies a fascination of the author's I think There was some attention given to the search for a genetic link between prodigies and autists but it is early in the game and the preliminary results are not conclusive Since so much space was devoted to prodigies future possible studies came to my mind For instance a lot not all of the ultra talented children cited were raised in families I would describe as uirky These were such extremely child focused families that the offsprings's every wish was accommodated no matter at what expense Can this form of catering produce child geniuses Or were the little geniuses already programmed to make the world bend to their wishes What are the statistics on prodigies raised in poor environments where a musical genius in the making doesn't have access to a piano say More uestions than answers made this book very unsatisfying for me Very interesting read accessible to those who are not scientifically minded If you're looking for the scientific research and proof you're not going to find much to go on here but I believe the author's intention was to share her ideas with a wider audience raising public interest in further studies of prodigies in order to possibly unlock the mysteries of autism

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Prodigys Cousin
  • Joanne Ruthsatz
  • 04 March 2014
  • 9781617230189

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