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The paper describes savant syndrome, the condition when a person with below normal intelligence displays a special talent or ability in a specific area, such as an extraordinary memory. The paper reveals that about half of all the children with savant syndrome are autistic and discusses the study that revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of children. The paper looks at the treatment for savant syndrome, and then offers the opinion that encouraging these children in the areas in which they excel can be the most beneficial treatment for them.
From the Paper:"If one can bring to mind the movie, Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman clearly and most accurately portrays an Autistic Savant. We can picture him sitting in the restaurant rattling names off from a telephone book he read. The casino and memory of what cards were played and what cards were left is another skill as mentioned above, mathematically. Yet the normal mind could not comprehend this kind of genius. Yet, it is narrow. As far as the movie goes, inspiration for the character Raymond Babbitt in the 1988 movie was inspired, according to The Scientific American Mind, (January 2004 issue Islands of Genius) by Kim Peek, who is developmentally disabled, knows more than seven thousand six hundred books by heart, as well as every area code, highway, zip code and television station in the United States."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Darold A. Treffert, MD, (author of Extraordinary people: Understanding the Savant Syndrome)
- Drs. Alan Snyder and D. John Mitchell (The Center for the Mind in Australia) Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (1999) 266:567-592.
- The Scientific American Mind, (January 2004 issue Islands of Genius)
- CDC epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten: analyzed the agency's massive database containing the medical records of one hundred thousand children, a mercury-based preservative in the vaccines - thimerosal
- Nova Science Publishers (Manuel F. Casanova, editor): Recent development in autism research
Cite this Term Paper:
Savant Syndrome (2010, January 27) Retrieved April 16, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/term-paper/savant-syndrome-118397/
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