Whatever the reason, his gift is undeniably incredible, especially when taking into account the difficulties he has doing basic, everyday activities. As art students as well, Stephen is something hard to wrap your head around.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I posted about this previously, and found today that the video of autistic Stephen Wiltshire drawing New York City from memory, as was done on Pratt campus, was posted on youtube. It is assumed that, though savant syndrome has never been thoroughly examined, such diseases which render most of the human mind incapacitated allow other portions to grow in a manner not possible in a fully operating, healthy mind. Though Stephen does not suffer from an extremely sever case of autism, and he has become capable of speech, he did not begin to even try to speak until the age of three and his difficulty with language still is clear in this video clip. However, by the age of eight his incredible skill for architectural drawing was undeniable, a skill which has not faltered. In some savant cases, as I learned through my reading presentation, when other skills, such as language, are learned, the gift is lessoned and in some cases entirely lost, something which supports the theory that the one portion of the brain is so strong only because the rest is so weak.