I doubt it was an intentional move from the writers. In fact, I know it wasn't intentional. But it's true that have some autistic traits and behavioral patterns/habits, as you've pointed out here, Deb. But these traits and characteristics are shared by many fictional characters; a lot of television characters and video game characters are characterized this way in order to make them both quirky & interesting, as well as making them intelligent and relatively educated.
Read that instead ^.