Did your friend mention to you how they could remember so many dates and facts from school while you struggled even with remembering what you did yesterday? If so, it could be because they are an Autistic Savant.
Well, that’s Me?! I am that guy!
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability that can lead to autistic savants, people who have autism but also have an ability that stands out above their disability. Some autistic savants can memorize dates and facts with ease, while others may be able to remember even the most minor details about what they saw decades ago.
The savant syndrome is a rare phenomenon that occurs in less than one percent of the population, and only ten percent of savants are autistic. While many savants have extraordinary abilities, some can also overcome their disabilities to lead everyday lives.
However, there is no evidence of a link between autism and an exceptional memory, many people with autism claim to have superior memories. However, there exist accounts of autistic people who display no signs of more extraordinary powers yet have memories so sharp it seems as if they have a photographic memory.
Autistic children are more likely to use rehearsal strategies or repeat facts or information repeatedly in their minds, which can help them remember just about anything. It is currently unknown why autistic children use this method more than others, but studies show that it is an effective way to recall information.
Savants are often extraordinary memorizers; however, because of their autism, they may lack social skills. This could mean that autistic savants may not be able to put their exceptional memory to good use. One notable example is an autistic savant named Leslie Lemke, who possessed a photographic memory yet only used it to play the piano.
In addition, studies have been done on college students with autism and their memory abilities. In these studies, scientists found that students with autism did better in short-term spatial memories but were worse at verbal learning. Scientists believe that because these students spent less time processing words, they were better at memorizing and recalling images and spatial patterns.
Autism is a lifelong condition, and it can affect anyone, whether they develop extraordinary abilities or not. Parents of autistic children should not be discouraged by autism but instead seek help from professionals to improve their child’s quality of life.
Parents should also remember that while there is no evidence suggesting an autistic person’s memory may be superior, it does not mean they are less capable than others. Autistic children are more likely to have exceptional visual skills but can also improve their verbal skills so they can lead better lives!
One of the most interesting concepts among Neurotypical people is that some of them keep a diary. It has always fascinated me, you see, I remember almost everything, vividly. Well, except for my black-out drinking session the 5 years before my failed suicide…
Anyway, it is one of my best qualities, the fact that I have an exceptional memory, but also one of my worst…