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dadinfl
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Re: 2 1/2 year old with exceptional memory
      07/28/07 10:37 AM

Hello,
Yes, what you describe is very common. Same thing happened with our son at around the same age. He was actually displaying remarkable rote memory skills before we even suspected autism spectrum disorder....so at first, we thought we had a genius on our hands!! Of course, we still think he is....he is 5 1/2 now and just loves animals. He has all the species memorized and can identify even the strangest of animals that I cannot even pronounce!

TO answer your questions, no one knows why autistic indviduals display exceptional memory. There are theories out there, but no concrete evidence as to why. Here is a link to read on the subject:
Autism and Memory

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