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The Prodigys Cousin

O 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 I miss in the book common exemples In the one hand the authors have only ch

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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 The idea of prodigies and their accomplishments was interesting but the book

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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 tw In spite of it's intriguing title The Prodigy's Cousin presented little scie

10 thoughts on “The Prodigys Cousin

  1. says:

    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

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    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

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    Honestly I was expecting but then I spend most of my autism related reading in the realm of research into mitochondrial the links to PANDASPANS the connections between the gastrointestinal system and the brain MTHFR gene mutations and their effects on detoxification et cetera And they didn't touch on any of those topics I expected to at least see some digging into whether prodigies and those with autism shared the MTHFR gene mutations but no The early brain trauma aspect was definitely interesting though considering underlying inflammation etc with autism and its comorbid issues as the book callsm Regardless it was rather a lighter read than was looking for

  5. says:

    I miss in the book common exemples In the one hand the authors have only chosen to talk about children with such an intelligence that is only present in 1 of a million or less so they're not really representative of the reality In the other hand they only show autistic children with extraordinary talents savants or extremely intelligent and then the authors try to compare autistic children with prodigies Well the truth is that autistic children with such habilities are a minority so again they are not talking about the most probable casesAnyway what it's clear is that prodigies and autistics have many things in common and probably share a genetic mutation in the same chromosomes as the authors explainBut if you're looking for a book to learn about what it is autism or intellectual giftedness this is not the best book so better to read it if you previously know something about both conditions

  6. says:

    This book was so enlightening and interesting to read It was an easy read which was perfect for someone like me who isn't a science or medical professional This is not for someone who doesn't have an open mind Joanne Ruthsatz writes about possibilities theories and ideas It's not a book of scientific proof which may be misleading to some readers What I really appreciated about this book is that Joanne wrote about each person as just that a person She didn't write about them as if they were just data or a statistic She wrote about each child's life and who they are as a person This was such an enjoyable book and inspired me to do further reading The only reason I didn't give a 5 star rating is because there wasn't scientific proof But then again it's still a subject that's constantly being studied and researched

  7. says:

    Very interesting book as I have a gifted child of my own I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway

  8. says:

    This is a book that's all about possibilities not proofs And I think as long as you're willing to approach the book as such you'll be a satisfied reader If nothing else I was reminded about how much we still don't know about child prodigies or autistic individuals But beyond that this book certainly did enough to convince me that it's worth researching the autismprodigy connection further Perhaps a link is there perhaps not Either way Joanne Ruthsatz's current research makes me hope that someone will go hunting for answersRead for the 2017 Tim Challies Christian Reading Challenge A book of your choice

  9. says:

    The idea of prodigies and their accomplishments was interesting but the book just seemed dragged out and the comparisons with autism was laid out randomly and weirdly I enjoyed the stories and the part of finding related genes between autism and prodigy children aswell as the stories of savants and how deterioring dementia patients sometimes also experience this burst of talent but I feel like these ideas could have encompassed a lot shorter

  10. says:

    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

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