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Discussion: Autism Savant Syndrome

There is a new TV series called The Good Doctor. It's very fascinating and I am now engrossed in the condition. Is this really happening? Are there certain cases like highly intellectual persons and yet lack some social skills?
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There is a new TV series called The Good Doctor. It's very fascinating and I am now engrossed in the condition. Is this really happening? Are there certain cases like highly intellectual persons and yet lack some social skills?
Savantism is very rare, but difficulty with social skills is very common for those
with autism. My granddaughter who is going to be 16 very soon has autism,
and the good doctor reminds me of her quite a bit.

In fact, I just posted in the "come in and say something" thread about her IEP
meeting at the school today. IEP = Individualized Education Plan.

In fact, the district advocate for our schools has autism herself. You wouldn't
realize it from meeting her, but she she's not big on touch and Don't Ever Hug
Her! Yet she went to college and we are so glad to have her on our team.
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Re: Discussion: Autism Savant Syndrome

Remember the movie, Rain Man? It is also about the savant syndrome. Anyway, I have a cousin who was diagnosed with autism and he goes to therapy. Right now, they are trying this online thing of communicating with his therapist. This is somehow cool because they are doing it remotely but the same methods of counseling are applied.

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Re: Discussion: Autism Savant Syndrome

Many in the autism community are complaining about The Good Doctor and
another show called Atypical. They are saying that they only endorse the way
society sees people with autism as stereotypes like Rain Man.

For years, Rain Man was the only example society had of the experience of
being, or living with, an autistic person. Sheldon on Big Bang Theory has been
marvelous at showing the annoying quirks and yet loveability of such people.

Eating out in noisy restaurants is often the setting for a sensory meltdown for
my granddaughter, but she was having a great time on Halloween this year
and after a successful Trunk or Treat at a large church hall, she was cracking
us up at dinner with spot on jokes.

Which points out what most of society doesn't have a clue about. We have
always noticed that the most consistent part of my granddaughter's autism
is the inconsistency. One day she's connected to our world, the next day she
doesn't talk to or connect with anyone. One day she's happy, the next day
she's ODD. It's like a minefield not knowing what to expect.
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