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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Kyounghee Seo

Second Advisor

Mary Beth Noll

Third Advisor

Jane Minnema

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Savant, autism, artistic savant skill, musical savant skill, numeracy savant skill, autistic savant syndrome


Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder featured by impaired social skills, communication abilities, restricted activities and repetitive behavior (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Among the individuals with autism, it is approximately estimated that 10% have autistic savant skills. The most common domains of savant skill are musical, numeracy, and artistic savant skill. After giving a basic overview of autism and savant syndrome, this starred paper reviewed studies of those three areas of savant skills. The purpose of this literature review is to investigate what research has been conducted to evaluate the performance of individuals with musical/numeracy/artistic savant skills. Theoretical Background of savant syndrome and the importance of studying are also discussed. Finally, the conclusions and recommendations for future research are given.



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