The incidence of savantism in autism is one of the many mysteries of the condition.
Learn about savantism and if the occurrence of savantism provide clues to possible autism causes.
D., describes savantism as savant syndrome in which people with developmental or intellectual disabilities exhibit exceptional skills or a genius level ability.
According to the Autism Research Institute, savantism occurs in 10 percent of the autistic population and in less than one percent of the nonautistic population.
D. of the Autism Research Institute speculate that savantism may occur because some people with autism have the ability to focus their entire attention on a subject or activity with an intensity that few neurotypical people can copy.