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Brain scans of autistic children may lead to breakthrough in treatment

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Stanford researchers have unearthed clues about the formidable brains of some autistic children, suggesting that the diagnosis may signal a different cognitive style, not disability.

Superior math skills were found in autistic San Francisco Bay Area children with average intelligence compared with matched children who were not autistic.

The two group’s brain scans were different, as well. Images of the autistic children’s brains while calculating math problems revealed a different pattern of activity than those of…

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