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“I teach special ed, and people talk about [savant syndrome] when it comes to Asperger’s and autism but the truth is, that only really happens once in a blue moon. I was lucky enough to teach a kid who was the genuine article. His grades were tops, and he taught himself programming and Japanese so he could go to Japan one day and make video games. We would spend his free time talking about astrophysics and recent documentaries.
“Unfortunately the kid had no ability to emotionally regulate, because that’s just how the condition hits some people. Loud noise and unclear rules could send him into a rage…I mostly just taught him coping mechanisms, and being honest about his feelings so he could tell when he needed to leave a situation. Oh, and I taught him poker. He liked the math behind the probability and I used exaggerated bluffing to teach him facial expressions. Great kid. I’m excited to learn what he goes on to do.”
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“Photographic memories are insane. One time, a drama teacher made a joke that he would give an instant A to anyone who recited a Shakespeare play (a specific long one, I don’t remember which) from memory. So this kid in my class did nothing all year, and on the last day of class did exactly that. He would even tell the teacher when to turn the page.” Even those of us who aren’t reciting full plays are probably quoting Shakespeare in our daily lives without even realizing it.