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Understanding autism
Understanding autism

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5 Skills and talents

While some aspects of autism undoubtedly present difficulties or challenges for the individual, you have seen that others may simply be unusual such as an eccentric special interest. Some autistic people also have enhanced skills, such as very good numerical or mathematical skills, excellent memory for names or facts, or enhanced visual and spatial skills. Since such skills often exist alongside marked difficulties, they are sometimes called 'splinter skills', meaning that they do not generalise well to other tasks.