Update: May 2, 2017
Hyperlexia Manual: A Guide to Children Who Read Early
Based on his work with Hyperlexia 1, 2 & 3 forms, Dr. Treffert and others from the Treffert Center have published Hyperlexia Manual: A Guide to Children Who Read Early. It provides information and guidance for parents, teachers and clinicians regarding careful diagnosis, interventions and outcome of children who read early. A paper on hyperlexia, which appeared in this journal here has been an often-cited article raising awareness of hyperlexia and caution about assigning an autism spectrum diagnosis in all children who read early. Not all children who read early or speak late are autistic.
Update: March 29, 2017
Scientific American: Autism’s “Island of Intactness”
The March 8, 2017 Scientific American guest blog featured Dr. Treffert’s blog post Autism’s “Island of Intactness”. Within each person with autism, however impaired, there is an “island of intactness” often deeply hidden. The challenge is to discover that island of intactness and then nourish it, reward it, celebrate it and watch it grow. With that growth comes better communication and language abilities, increased socialization, improved daily living skills and overall progress toward independence. Sometimes that island is very basic; at other times it is an island of genius as seen in savant syndrome. In either case, watching the growth and outcomes of these islands makes the search for strength in people with autism very worthwhile.
You can access the blog here.
Update: March 20, 2017
Ping Lian Yeak lecture
Each year Marian University presents a program in the Treffert lecture series. This year it will feature artist Ping Lian Yeak, his mother and Rosa Martinez from StrokesofGeniusInc.org who have worked with Ping Lian Yeak for over ten years. Each of those presenters returned to Fond du Lac ten years after participating in the Windows of Genius Exhibit in 2007. Click here to learn more about Yeak’s upcoming lecture.
Update: Feb. 28, 2017
New website for the Treffert Center
The Treffert Center has established a new web site at treffertcenter.com. Posted there is information and links to the several services at the Treffert Center: an extensive library on savant syndrome and related areas of exceptional brain performance; assessment and treatment services for autism, other developmental disorders and hyperlexia; and the Treffert Academy, a strength-based school for neurotypical children as well as children with special needs. The site also carries blogs and access to research activities of the center.
The Little Black Doctor’s Bag
This blog from the Treffert Center can be accessed here. While some of the instruments may be obsolete and outdated, the bedside manner and mission remain the same: to cure sometimes, to help often, to comfort always.
Update: Feb. 24, 2017
Jason Padgett: a remarkable acquired savant
Jason Padgett suffered a head injury in a mugging incident. Following that he experienced new synesthesia, an interest and compulsion to draw, and a knowledge and understanding of mathematics, particularly fractals. There had been no such interest or ability pre-injury. His fascinating story can be viewed HERE with all of its implication for actualizing dormant potential within us all.