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A savant skill is an extraordinary skill that is not learned. Approx. 10% of autistic people possess some degree of savant skill. The most common savant skills involve mathematical calculations, memory feats, artistic abilities, and musical abilities.

It is not known what brings about savantism, but it has been speculated that it comes from extraordinary powers of concentration. Also, the professor of Psychology at Flinders University in southern Australia, Robyn Young, found that temporarily disabling language and social skills by applying strong magnetic pulses caused some volunteers to display savant abilities. As savant abilities tend to be related to the five primary senses (visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile, and taste), it can also be hypothesized that these skills come from the right hemisphere of the brain at the expense of the communication skills of the left hemisphere.

It has even been suggested that as babies, all humans possess savant abilities, as can be seen in the rapid language acquisition at that age as well as the fact that absolute pitch and eidetic memory are much more present in children. Corresponding image studies, which show that newborns are neurologically limited to parts of the brain that eventually become a part of the unconscious, support this idea as well. The theory is further supported by the fact that autistic children often lose their abilities once their social interactions improve, much as neurotypical children's early savant like skills deteriorate once they obtain a strong command of language.

Even those who do not possess a savant skill may have much to offer. Some people with Asperger syndrome are extremely gifted creatively or mathematically, and some have an intuitive understanding of subjects that benefit from logical thought or a detached perspective.

There is a tendency to be fascinated by things like systems, plans, designs, numbers, patterns, facts and statistics, and many employers have found that people with Asperger Syndrome are extremely good at detailed work that demands high levels of accuracy and concentration.

In a way though we are all gifted, if you consider understanding and appreciating the world in an unusual way a gift... which I do.

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