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Children who display savant syndrome have traditionally been referred to as idiot, retarded, or autistic savants.
The first known description of a person displaying savant syndrome occurred in a German psychology journal in 1751.
About half of all children with savant syndrome are autistic.
Approximately 10 percent of all children with autism have savant syndrome.
Less than 1 percent of the non-autistic population, including those with mental retardation and other developmental disorders, have savant syndrome.
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