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Double crown or hair whorls - autism link?

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Nesf

I have known for some time that I have a double crown - or whorls of hair - on the top of my head.  I've been told that it's slightly unusual, but didn't pay much attention to it. Then, a couple of days ago, just out of curiosity, I decided to Google it to see how rare it actually was, and it came up with a whole load of sites with discussions as to whether it is linked to autism or developmental delays or not, though I couldn't find anything giving concrete scientific evidence for this. Here are a couple of such sites

 

http://community.babycenter.com/post/a23682941/double_crown2_hair_whorls

 

http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?71576-The-relation-of-hair-whorls-to-brain-development

 

There are numerous such sites. Have you ever heard this? Personally I think it's just probably an old wives tale, and without concrete scientific proof I can't accept it as valid, but the numerous references did pique my curiosity :)

 

Does anyone else have a double crown?

 

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iggy

Well, I don't have a double crown (although if I did I expect it would be completely invisible with long hair?) and I am very sceptical about this link. But then, most links of anything to autism are to be taken sceptically, I think.....

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mary

I believe that a lot of my family have double crowns, including myself, but I don't think it shows a direct link to autism / ASD traits as some of my family show these traits but some do not.

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Sofi

I've never heard of this *possible* link before. I don't think I have a double crown. Although, this has reminded me of someone I used to be friends with, who, now coupled with my knowledge of AS/Autism, I feel like she definitely has AS. Without a doubt in my mind, I'm sure she'd be diagnosed! And, she had a brother, who I know had a double crown because it was mentioned several times for some reason, and he was also very similar traits of AS (The whole family did, in hindsight!). So, there's someone else I can think of who has a double crown and *most likely* AS, AS traits at the very least.

I agree it may just be an old tale. They are starting to say lots of things are connected to autism! 

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Nesf

Unfortunately I can't find anything on the prevalance of double crowns. I don't know how rare, or common they are. If they are actually fairly common, then we can only assume it's a coincidence. Of couse it doesn't mean that a baby with a double crown will have autism. But there must be a reason such "wives tales" start in the first place, something that triggers the rumours.

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Toran
Well, I don't have a double crown (although if I did I expect it would be completely invisible with long hair?) and I am very sceptical about this link. But then, most links of anything to autism are to be taken sceptically, I think.....

Everything begins as a thought or an idea and then people start testing the theory to see if its a valid point unless of course the facts are there and somebody spotted the patern. Give things time and eventually there may be a proven link but its best always just to keep an open mind.

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InsomniaDreams

I've got one. I've never heard of this link before.

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Toran
I've got one. I've never heard of this link before.

Me neither but it makes life exciting all this new information coming out and evolving.

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Willow

I remember a hairdresser mentioning it before to me, but I don't think I do. And Chris doesn't.

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ztnt

^^
Funny how people go on and on about the meaning of hair whirls and its connection to particular conditions, diseases and personalities.

I wonder if there is really some connection to it in the end.

I guess not, but... 

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