Sangeetha Pulapaka

Not all of them are. They could have either - strong language or reading skills but may have poor math skills, or vice versa. Some children are "savants" when it comes to math, memorizing math facts quickly and seeing relationships between numbers and solving problems  Others may have poor short and long term memory and may struggle with learning math facts. But some are good at both!

The movie Rain Man  familiarized the American public with the notion of the "idiot savant." Although a fairly infrequent occurrance, "savantism" may appear in children with autism or with Asperger's Syndrome.

Students with Asperger's Syndrome often have poor balance and poor gross motor skills. This can become exaggerated as they grow older because they often prefer watching television or using the computer to athletic activities. The preference may come from poor over all coordination rather than a learned preference.

These same students may also have poor motor skills and may dislike using pencils and scissors. They may be very hard to motivate to writ. Unless students with Asperger's are really motivated to learn to write "long hand", they should not be forced to learn to write in cursive. Keyboarding on a computer may also be a better investment of time than stressing handwriting.