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Savant Syndrome (Savantism)


Savant Syndrome Facts:
  • Savant syndrome is not a recognized medical diagnosis.
  • Rare condition in which persons have one or more areas of expertise, ability or brilliance that are in contrast with the individual's overall limitations. (Treffert)
  • About half of persons with savant syndrome have an autistic spectrum disorder.
  • The other half usually have another disability (i.e. developmental disability, mental retardation, brain injury, optic nerve hypoplasia, or other disease).
  • Clearly not all persons with savant syndrome have autistic disorder.
Prodigious Savants (List):
  • Alonzo Clemons - Clay sculptor
  • Amanda LaMunyon - Artistic savant
  • Boone - Clock artist
  • Brittany Maier - Blind & autistic musical savant pianist
  • Bugra Cankir - Musical Savant
  • Christophe Pillault - Artist savant
  • Derek Paravicini - blind British musician
  • Daniel Tammet - British high-functioning autistic savant
  • Ellen - Musical savant
  • Flo & Kay - Calendar calculator twins.
  • George Widener - Multiply gfted
  • George & Charles - Calendar calculator twins
  • Gilles Tréhin - Artist, author
  • Gregory Blackstock - Autistic artist
  • Henriett Seth-F. - Hungarian autistic savant, poet, writer and artist
  • Hikari Oe - Japanese autistic composer
  • James Cucek - Piano savant
  • James Henry Pullen - Gifted carpenter
  • Jonathan Lerman - American artist
  • Kim Peek - original "Rain Man", speed reader, Megasavant
  • Leslie Lemke - Blind American musician
  • Matt Savage - U.S. autistic jazz prodigy
  • Rex Lewis Clack - Blind musician
  • Richard Wawro - British artist
  • Seth Chwast - Painter
  • Stephen Wiltshire - British architectural artist
  • Temple Grandin - “Emergence labeled autistic”
  • Thomas Greene Bethune "Blind Tom" - Musical savant
  • Thristan Mendoza - Filipino marimba prodigy
  • Tony DeBlois - blind American musician
  • Wil Kerner - savant artist

Image - L'écritoire savant by domitours (cc)


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