The negative connotations of the term "idiot" have led to the disuse of idiot savant.
John Langdon Down first identified the disorder in 1887 under the term idiot-savant.
What does idiot savant mean and how does it relate to the autism spectrum of disorders?
The connection between idiot savant and autism isn't direct.
Some resources may suggest that autistic savant has replaced the term idiot savant but this is not necessarily the case.
The concept of the idiot savant helps us recognize that a person who excels in one area may sacrifice abilities in another.
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