Are you on the autistic spectrum and have a specific gift, ability or talent?
I often write about the many challenges we face as autistic people trying to make our way in life. But there are also some benefits of having a unique perspective on the world.
I am presently doing some research into abilities displayed by people on the autistic spectrum. I am very interested to find out how common it is for people with autism to have a “special” ability, to perform a task.
For example there are famous artists such as Stephen Wiltshire, that can instantly memorise huge cityscapes by flying over them once in a helicopter. He is then able to draw them with great accuracy. Not only is he a great artist, he also has a remarkable photographic memory.
There are cases of autistic musicians that are able to hear a complex tune just once, before playing it by ear on the piano. A prime example of this is pianist Derek Paravicini who is not only autistic, but blind. Derek has great ability as a pianist, and has an incredible memory for remembering pieces of music .
Daniel Tammet is another highly gifted autistic person that has an incredible memory. Apart from being a best selling author, he has created and run an online language business, and been the subject of many research projects on Savant syndrome.
Daniel has learnt at least 10 different languages including Icelandic, which he learnt in a week for a television documentary. He also has a remarkable memory for numbers.
It seems that unusual powers of memory, empower and enhance the savant type abilities displayed by some autistic people. I personally know autistic people that are able to tell you instantly, which day you were born on from your current birthday.
I also know some autistic people that have mentally assembled huge amounts of information on a given subject, and can recall it, as if reading from a book.
In addition, there are many non savant people with autism who’s talents lie in the fields of science, art or music. Their intense interest in a subject, combined with natural talent, creates a person of great skill and authority in their chosen field.
My particular talents are music and film making. Whilst I would not put myself in the rarefied class of savant, my abilities have provided me with a long career.
I would be very interested to hear about your “special” talent or ability.It could be in anything, from cooking, kart racing, photography, art, knowledge of computers, mathematics or anything else.
Please let me know. It will be great to hear from you
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