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Autism Has Its Advantages, Says Scientist

By Shana R. Spindler, Ph.D. on November 21, 2011


Pop News Brief: Dr. Laurent Mottron, a scientist at the University of Montreal, argues in a special autism-focused November 3 issue of the journal Nature that certain characteristics associated with autism should be considered advantages rather than impairments. For example, Mottron employs individuals with autism in his own lab, where he finds their unique abilities such as “finding patterns in a distracting environment” a benefit. Mottron suggests that individuals with autism should be given opportunities that utilize their unique skill sets as opposed to behavioral therapies that attempt to alter non-harmful behavioral patterns.


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