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    • I know a small fraction about autism compared to people like @apm , but I guess Wiltshire is classified as autistic savant?

      Yes, he has autism and would be considered a savant for his extraordinary talent with art. As a child, his art teachers forced him to learn to talk by taking away his art supplies so that he would have to.

      At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London, The instructors encouraged him to speak by temporarily taking away his art supplies so that he would be forced to ask for them. Stephen responded by making sounds and eventually uttered his first word - "paper." He learned to speak fully at the age of nine.

    • As a child, his art teachers forced him to learn to talk by taking away his art supplies so that he would have to.

      I'm sure it's common story, but just to show how coercion works, sometimes it seems it transforms people. My mother was left handed at time of school and started writing with left hand. Teachers would slap her hand with a ruler until she was thus eventually conditioned to pick the pen only with the right hand. She still is ambidextrous doing things many would consider awkward with the non dominant hand.

    • Wow that’s absolutely incredible! His drawings are mesmerizing. It always blows my mind when I hear about people who are able fit that much information into their memory and translate it into drawings.

      These remind me of another artist I really love: the late Wesley Willis, who was also autistic and would draw from memory.