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Old 27th December 2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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Default What one does with autistic, gifted children

We just discovered that my friends autistic child is gifted regarding the calender.
Her cousin reported that the autistic child ( now about 16 or so ) can tell you the day ( Mon to Sun ) for ANY date of ANY year. They tried some 20 odd wildly varying dates and years and she immediately came up with the correct answers ! She made one mistake and when it was pointed out she corrected it immediately ! In normal life you can't have a 'normal' conversation with her and she never looks anyone in the face.She does go to a special school for autistic children. She obviously couldn't have learnt it there.

She also seems psychic. When they go to some shops or buildings she refuses to enter some of them. She panics if forced to enter them ! What does she see in them ? Same way she reacts strangely in the presence of certain people. That characteristic she has had from childhood. She panicked in the presence of certain people. Those people just had to leave ! Very embarrassing for the parents.

No one knows what is going on because you can't have a normal conversation with the child. I couldn't think of anything they could do. Does anyone have any idea ? .

These things just remind one of how little we know of so many things around us !

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Old 27th December 2013, 08:47 AM   #3
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There was something similar shown on TV many years back. A person that could name what day of the week any date in any year fell on. Another could look at a building for a few moments (something like the Houses of Parliament in London) and then go away and draw it showing every detail, every window, all the ornamentation etc.

It does indeed show how little we know.
Old 27th December 2013, 09:52 AM   #4
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She also seems psychic
psychic - The Skeptic's Dictionary - Skepdic.com
Are you really claiming this girl can see the future or dead people? If so, please ask her for next Saturday's lotto numbers?

autism and thimerosal - Skeptimedia - The Skeptic's Dictionary - Skepdic.com

All this rain man and other nonsense has clouded a GENETIC problem for a long time. Yes, do some research. Parents (or grandparents) with autism spectrum disorder have kids with the same condition.
Gee, who would have thought that sort of of problem has a genetic basis? (Sorry, it was a rhetorical question because parents will never attribute their own kids problems to the genes they gave them.)

Old 27th December 2013, 10:20 AM   #5
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The calendar calculations tell us she's a savant. I'm not sure what to make of the "psychic" stuff.

IMHO, running away screaming is the sensible response to meeting certain types of people, but it's frowned upon in polite company.
Old 27th December 2013, 12:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the information.
Hi Godfrey: she does appear to be a savant. Wonder if such children could hone their skills ? How does one determine what else they are capable of ? Even this one about the 'dates' popped up unexpectedly !
I suggested that they try out some 'unexpected' questions to see if she is really psychic. We will know in a few weeks.
Happy New Year to you all.
Old 27th December 2013, 01:40 PM   #7
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"What one does with autistic, gifted children"

Love them, treat them with courtesy and kindness and try to help the ignorant realize they are fellow human beings.

No one is perfect. We all have imperfections of some sort.
Thinking positive doesn't make things better, it makes you a better person.
Old 27th December 2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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many possibilities
and difficult to judge from this
but her parents may have to realise she will always be like a child, more or less

sometimes we know very little, and sometimes we know too much
Old 27th December 2013, 01:56 PM   #9
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Yes she will be a child all her life. She is a very nice girl.
I can't get over being sorry for her plight.
But yes, she does get all the love and affection from everyone around.
Old 27th December 2013, 02:02 PM   #10
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Is it possible she hears or smells something that other people ignore? That would be my guess.

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