The bad news: there are lots more autistics out there than we thought, because the kids with mild versions of this disease often slip through the cracks. The good news: most of them (in Utah, anyway) are functioning just fine as adults. And “Rain Man” savant type skills, such as astounding memory, perfect pitch or the ability to multiply very high numbers together, may be much more common among autistics than previously thought as well.

While autism, like all diseases, has certain recognizable symptoms, the “autistic spectrum” covers a wide range of children with differing levels of problems, from relatively mild to severely disabling. Children whose mothers are 35 or older when giving birth are at significantly almost twice as likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder, especially if they

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