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Amazing Feats of Autism: 9 Examples of Autistic Awesomeness!

By Sunny Chanel |

There’s no other way to say it, but when your child is given a diagnosis of autism, it’s heartbreaking. It changes everything: how you raise him, teach him, and nurture him. But while some fall into the glass-half-empty, bummer-ness of the situation, others are lucky enough to have or find aspects of autism to celebrate. Some of these children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may just have been given the gift of an amazing, awesome talent and sensational skills that are completely unparalleled. They have what is referred to as “savant syndrome.”

When a child has a very fine-tuned ability for music, math, or the arts, these gifts are also known as “splinter skills.”  According to researchers, kids who display “a high level of ability that is in contrast to their disability” are referred to as “Talented Savants.” Then there are “Prodigious Savants,” a far rarer classification, “where the ability or brilliance is not only spectacular in contrast to the disability, but would be spectacular even if viewed in a non-disabled person.”

The New Scientist notes that the connection between autism and savantism remains mysterious. And while they may have challenges, these children and adults have inspiring talents that give hope to any parent of an autistic child. Yes, these savants are rare, but it can be reassuring to just know they exist and have such truly special gifts.

Here we celebrate nine amazing autistics who have done awesome feats. Check them out!

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Amazing Feats of Autism

Ethan Walmark – Pianist

Six-year-old Ethan Walmark became an overnight YouTube celebrity when a video of him playing a wonderful rendition of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" went viral. Four years ago Ethan was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and as part of his therapy, he began to play the piano. As it turned out, he was good. Really good.
Read more about Ethan right here

Plus, check out his rendition of "Piano Man" below:

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4 thoughts on “Amazing Feats of Autism: 9 Examples of Autistic Awesomeness!

  1. Linda, T.O.O. says:

    OMG, FINALLY a slideshow full of photos we actually need to see. Thank you.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Please don’t call children with autism “autistics” The whole purpose of this article is to highlight the wonderful things children with autism can accomplish. Yet in calling them “autistics” you define them by their disability. Language is powerful and shapes how we see each other. It takes some getting used to but “children with autism” places the child first. Thanks for this article.

  3. bunnytwenty says:

    1) Agreed with Elizabeth.
    2) It makes intuitive sense that some people with autism would be absolutely brilliant at one thing or another: many of them have an ability to focus and obsess on a given subject that neurotypical people don’t, thereby perfecting their skills. The only thing that’s unexpected about it is that it’s… unexpected. Bravo to these kids! (And I heart Temple Grandin! “Animals in Translation” is an awesome, awesome book.)

  4. Cheryl D. says:

    Thanks for showing the amazing talents of some of these kids!

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