Absolute Pitch in a Four-Year-Old Boy With Autism

James N. Brenton, Seth P. Devries, Christine Barton, Heike Minnich, Deborah K. Sokol

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Absolute pitch is the ability to identify the pitch of an isolated tone. We report on a 4-year-old boy with autism and absolute pitch, one of the youngest reported in the literature. Absolute pitch is thought to be attributable to a single gene, transmitted in an autosomal-dominant fashion. The association of absolute pitch with autism raises the speculation that this talent could be linked to a genetically distinct subset of children with autism. Further, the identification of absolute pitch in even young children with autism may lead to a lifelong skill.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-138
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology

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