Savant Syndrome and Autism- Is There A Connection?




What Is Savant Syndrome

Savant syndrome is a rare but extraordinary condition in which persons with serious mental disabilities, including autistic disorder, have despite serious mental or physical disability, have quite remarkable, and sometimes spectacular, talents.

Savant skills typically occur in an intriguingly narrow range of special abilities. Some of the most notable areas include:

  • Memorization
  • Lightning calculation
  • Calendar calculating
  • Musical ability
  • Artistic ability
  • Language ability

Is there a link between Autism and Savant Syndrome?

The estimated prevalence of savant abilities in autism is 10%, whereas the prevalence in the non-autistic population, including those with mental retardation, is less than 1%.

The reason why some autistic individuals have savant abilities is not known. Although there are many theories, There is no evidence to support any of them. Some speculate that these individuals have incredible concentration abilities and can focus their complete attention on a specific area of interest. While others feel that we will never truly understand memory and cognition until we understand the autistic savant.

For More Information on the Characteristics of Savant Syndrome and the possible link between Savantism and Autism, see the links noted below…


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