Because the syndrome is often associated with autism, the term autistic savant is more frequently heard.
Later, the term autistic-savant was introduced, but it was also incorrect, as many savants do not have autism.
In the 20th century, the term idiot also became offensive and was eventually replaced by the general term savant, or in cases of autism, autistic savant.
An autistic savant is a person with autism who demonstrates a special skill or expertise.
One study run by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Cambridge University is working with autistic savant Daniel Tammet to find out more about autism.
After further testing, the researchers determined that 28.5% of the study participants met the criteria for autistic savant.
Some resources may suggest that autistic savant has replaced the term idiot savant but this is not necessarily the case.
The article, What Is an Autistic Savant looks into the topic of savant qualities in pervasive developmental disorders.
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