Autism More Common in High-Tech Areas
A new research study suggests that computer programmers, engineers and other technology specialists may be more likely to produce autistic children, compared with others. Researchers at England’s Cambridge University found much higher incidences of children with autism in the Netherland’s high-tech industry center.
The researchers say there could be a link between autism and “systemizing” which denotes a skill in creating and analyzing systems. Computer programmers and engineers are known to have high systemizing skills.
This study features in last week’s issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Autistic children tend to have narrow interests, exhibit repetitive behavior, and struggle with social interactions and communication. About one percent of US children are autistic.
However, high-tech workers and engineers need not be alarmed as only about two percent of them are likely to give birth to autistic children. Previous research has indicated that the mothers of autistic children were likely to be occupied in highly technical fields.