Even in today’s era, most of the knowledge people have about autism-related disorders comes through various forms of fiction- movies, TV shows, novels etc. But when understood properly, autistic savants are more than that. They are real human beings with different wants and needs. They need more time than the average person. They need care and attention. But most importantly, they need to be taught.
WHO ARE AUTISTIC SAVANTS?
Autistic savants are the people who suffer from both- autism and Savant syndrome. Savant syndrome is a rare condition involving people having a severe mental disorder like autistic disorder along with having some extraordinary skills. The person might face mental disabilities but might possess skills like brilliant arithmetic skills, exceptional memory or even extraordinary unique skills in music or art.
They might be exceptional at remembering dates, places, years along with other minute details about people or places. Or they might even be exceptional at calculations- giving answers to complex questions in seconds. Either these or they might be extremely good in drawing, or music.
HOW CAN YOU HELP THE AUTISTIC SAVANTS?
The first step towards helping the people with autistic savant syndrome is empathising with them. One needs to first understand what they are going through before making any suggestions. It is important to read about autism to gain complete knowledge about their condition before making an intelligent conversation with them.
The condition is extremely prevalent in the world- a lot of people suffer from autism. There is a need to collectively revolt against the stereotypes set with autism. It is extremely vital to understand that people with autism find it difficult to manage in some social situations. They might even find the sensory processing tedious and might have a different perception of things.
The people need to understand that autism is a mental disorder- it is not a choice. People should stop treating autistic savants are weird, strange or difficult to manage. They are not trying to make it difficult for you- they can’t help the fact.
Education is an important tool which needs to be given to all. To make autistic savants more productive in the society, a quality education needs to be given to them. They need to have some extra support and a kind of push in the right direction. Attention, care and patience are all they need to mingle up.