Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Autistic Savant: Kim Peek-The Original Rainman

Another thanks to Jim Matiya for finding and sharing this on the Psychteacher listserv.  Just a couple of days ago, Kim Peek, the inspiration for the film Rainman, died suddenly of a heart attack at age 58.  The Wisconsin Medical Society has this page highlighting his life with several links and videos about his life.

As you check that site out, there is a list of other notable Savants such as Stephen Wilshire and those with Autism including Temple Grandin.  The site is a fantastic resource for our students looking for more information that is not dealt with in our textbooks.

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