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Question?: Autistic Savant

Sharon asks…

Can someone be an autistic savant with mental retardation?

Please answer only if you are pretty sure that you know the answer.

admin answers:

One of the hallmark features of Autism is what is called “scattered skills” meaning good in some areas, less in others and perhaps a specific area of high skill. When you are talking about diminished cognitive skill – yes there is a % of the population of Autism that will have some to extreme cognitive deficit – so by that information – yes someone can be a savant and be cognitively impaired.

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