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Autism scientists search for help from High-Functioning Aspies for their kids' sake

posted 30 May 2012, 10:02 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 30 May 2012, 10:02 ]
Neuroscientist Kevin Pelphrey has earned a Ph.D., a long list of awards and million-dollar grants from the National Institutes of Health, yet none of that impresses his 6-year-old son, Kenneth.

" 'Dad,' he says, 'why haven't you cured autism yet
?' "

Pelphrey is one of a handful of leading autism scientists who also have children with the disorder. Autism-spectrum disorders now strike one in 88 children, or more than 1 million in all, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes contributions from High-functioning autistic adults. In an essay in the journal 'Nature', University of Montreal psychiatry professor Laurent Mottron singled out the work of a self-taught researcher with autism, Michelle Dawson, with whom he has co-written 13 papers and several book chapters.