Autism "Clusters" Found In Higher Educated Areas

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The other day I was talking with the director of another department at the University about autism and people we know who are autistic or have autistic children.  She mentioned that her friends had an autistic child that had all the hallmark signs of autism with anti-social behavior and highly developed, focused attention and interests.  She quickly made the connection between the behavior of her friends and their child.  Her first suggestion was that the child was obviously much like them, being highly educated, focused, and being somewhat introverted.

Well, just recently, UC Davis has reported that Autism in the State of California has tended to cluster around the higher educated areas of the State where the higher educated tend to live, as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, along with a number of other news sources.  What's interesting is the correspondence of these higher educated areas with those of Universities.  For instance, the cluster in San Diego is around UCSD (which, fascinatingly enough, I had intended at one time to attend for my Ph.D studies).

So does this mean that intelligent people will naturally have autistic children?  Not necessarily, for that would mean that intelligence is genetic, which is a claim I am in no position to make.  It would also suggest that autism is a natural extension of intelligence, which is another claim that I am not prepared to make.  But on the whole, it generally means that autism tends to cluster together in some way, and seems to have some correlation to higher educated societies and communities.  This is an interesting social study that I'm sure will be fascinating for general data, though not really useful in the education, development, or treatment of autistic children.

Still, like your average trivia, it's an interesting fact to know, even though it's as useful as knowing the first recorded recipe for hamburgers was Roman, or the first steam engine was invented by the ancient Greeks.  Interesting to know, not very applicable to the current situation.