Mental and motor skills of young people with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and other mental challenges span the mental spectrum. Autistic individuals may have above normal IQ while social skills too have a vast range. The objectives of the family, care givers, and friends should be to inspire and offer hope and life to the soul of the child. Introduce them to great music. The latent brain may be that of a savant or prodigy.
Over the years, I have observed and pondered the minds of savants and prodigies who manifest what the brain is capable of achieving. Allow me to introduce you to five savants.
Kim Peek, the real Rain Man, inspired Dustin Hoffman and crew to make the movie. He read 8 to 10 books a day with near perfect recall. He knew history and events: world, American, baseball, NASA, the Bible and much more. He could quote any verse and tell you were that verse was located. Give him any date and would tell you on which day of the week it fell. He knew every zip code of every town in America and memorized phone books for fun. Kim died in 2009.
Leslie Lemke was the first savant that I observed from his youth. He was May's Miracle. He was adopted by Mary and Joseph Lemke who brought life to his latent brain. Others called the baby a hopeless blob of flesh. Blind and speechless, he had to be helped in every step of life. Then one night, he started playing beautiful music on the piano and later broke out in fabulous vocal impersonation of any singer he chose. He still performs in public concerts as of 2012 at age 60.
Daniel Tammet can learn a new language in a week and make "impossible" mathematical calculations in his head. Stephen Wiltshire flies over a city by helicopter and later renders a detailed drawing of the skyline view with remarkable accuracy from memory. Alonzo Clemons loves to sculp horses and cattle. Moldable clay quickly becomes animal likeness in his hands.
These five savants are exceptions, but soon a wave of autistic adults will be exposed to a world unable to meet their needs. The autistic adult no longer has parents who can provide their vital support. Studies show that most autistic adults continue to live at home and about a third of them have never had a job or attended school.
This wave of autism struck US about 40 years ago. The truth is that many autistic individuals are smarter than the average person. Their brilliance is blocked by expression skills that leave the autistic frustrated and the observer confessed. Thirty years ago, the CDC estimated that there were two autistic children for ever 1,000 children. Today they say that autism has escalated to 1 in 88 children. Without pinpointing the cause, they admit that it may be an environmental factor.
Autistic children can expect to live as long as normal people. However, there is nothing normal about autism as each is unique. It is expected that many will live to be 80 or 90 years of age. The more challenging time of life for an autistic adult escalates at 20 to 25 years.
At an international autism conference, I sat at the feet of "experts" in the field who basically disagreed with each other. I do not claim to be the expert in autism but I do know that bad sugars seem to compound negative effects and Smart Sugars seem to have a positive beneficial effect in mental improvements. Evidence is that toxins, which contributed to the mental challenges, can begin to be removed by the polysaccharides.
Your homework for this Lesson is found online in short videos of five savants you will never forget. The short videos can be found online at The Endowment fro Medical Research.
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References from the textbook Expand Your Mind - Improve Your Brain and the ebook and Change Your Sugar, Change Your Life. The book, Change Your Sugar, Change Your Life is downloadable without charge.