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posted 17 Oct 2012, 05:06 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 17 Oct 2012, 05:06 ]
Hyperlexic children are characterized by having average or above average IQs and word-reading ability well above what would be expected given their age. First named and scientifically described in 1967, it can be viewed as a superability in which word recognition ability goes far above expected levels of skill. Some hyperlexics, however, have trouble understanding speech. Some experts believe that most or perhaps all children with hyperlexia lie on the autism spectrum. However, some other experts believe the involvement of autism in hyperlexia is completely dependent on the type of hyperlexia. Between 5-10% of children with autism have been estimated to be hyperlexic.