It had been observed quite some time ago that children who are autistic could also border on genius, with an unusual grasp on math, music, or science. It has also been observed that this type of autism affects more boys than girls – though the exact reason why this happens is not very well understood.
The syndrome of extreme grasping power and affinity for numbers and science in particular is also called in common terms “the little professor syndrome”. This syndrome has another name –asperger autism. Hans Asperger discovered this malady as early as 1944, when the medical fraternity took notice and accepted this disorder as a special branch of autism.
Proof that Autism Is Not a Mental Retardation Disorder
Previously, autism was considered a mental retardation disease. However, following a number of symptoms described by Hans Asperger, doctors the world over accepted that autism is rather a neurological rather than mental (retardation) disorder. Recognizing the value of the work Hans Asperger did, the high-functioning autism was named asperger autism.
Asperger observed through his research that asperger autism and autism in general was a result of faulty genes; this defect in the genes was a direct outcome of past generations of inbreeding. For a long time parents were feeling miserable thinking that somehow their behavior has brought on the autism effect on their child. However, nothing can be far from truth as the cause is thought to be genetic.
Medical research has shown that autism cannot be caused by outside factors. There is also such thing as a trigger for asperger autism or autism in general. In layperson’s language, autism happens when the loose ends of neurons in the body connect to the wrong sides and hence end up misreading the body’s signals, and in turn prompt wrong action. It is like having a wiring mix-up that sooner or later will result in a short circuit.
Autism usually means the child is non-responsive to anything the outside world says or does. These children do not laugh, do not show pain, do not laugh or smile, do not reply to a smile or a joke, do not react to pain and so on, usually showing deterioration in all human interactive aspects, such as speaking, friendly touching and appetite.
Asperger autism has all the above signs -- the person might not be effusive upon your arrivals and may rarely smile at you; however, when they feel like it, they can perform tasks that three ordinary persons may balk at. Above strength, the asperger autism has extra intelligence, too. There are a lot of tricks numbers can do and the asperger autism affected person will know them all and add a few more to it.
If not given a broad scope of activities, asperger autism patients seek out books and try to read and learn as much as they can. They are perpetually hungry to learn more. In case they are given a computer they would master it in no time.