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    Can a child be gifted and also have a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome?

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    Julian McNally

    Counselling Psychologist, Psychologist

    Julian McNally has practised counselling psychology since 1995. He trained in client-centered and solution-oriented approaches before discovering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 2003. The mindfulness … View Profile


    Most notably, Temple Grandin a professor of Animal Science, but also the following, many of whom I'm sure you've heard of:

    • Daryl Hannah
    • Dan Aykroyd
    • Gary Numan
    • Michael Burry - neurologist and investment fund manger profiled in "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis
    • Ladyhawke
    • Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize wining author
    That said, not all people with Asperger's are gifted, though many are highly intelligent.

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    Yes very much so. It puts the meaning into the pharse “Expert in their own field” You can pretty much guarantee that people like this are exactly that - they would know the subject inside and out. It has been said also “if you're ever in a crisis, call an aspie,as they have the ability * gift to progress the real issue, without being clouded so easily I.e providing a literal shoulder of support, throughout the crisis.” 

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    Dr Brooklyn Storme, PhD is the Director and Head Psychologist at All Psyched Up, the Peninsula's Anxiety Treatment and Wellness Practice. NDIS registered, she has … View Profile

    Absolutely! In addition to the answers already provided, clinical research speaks also to the concept of a savant - an individual that has splinter skills of an exceptional standard. Sometimes these skills may seem confusing to the general public but they are gifts that when used in a context that supports their healthy development, lead to some quite astonishing outcomes. 

    Often, the skills are related to domains including but not limited to calendar calculation, mathematics, pattern matching, atheleticism and music. 

    The evidence suggests that giftedness tends to be identified more commonly in boys than girls with a surprising ratio of 6:1. It's very interesting. 

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