We Shouldn’t View Sherlock as an Autistic Savant

Hi all,

My second blog piece for the Huffington Post has been published. I could repost here but instead let’s get traction on it over there.

We Shouldn’t View Sherlock as an Autistic Savant


One Reply to “We Shouldn’t View Sherlock as an Autistic Savant”

  1. I would MUCH rather have Sherlock represent the Asperger community (with whatever imperfections/misperceptions that entails) than the parody that is Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory.” Granted, the Sherlock showrunners probably didn’t set out to create a superhero Aspie role model, but whether intentional or not, there is no denying that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock exhibits behavior on the spectrum. One of my favorite parts of the show from Series 1 and 2 was seeing his deductions come to life on screen; one of the difficult things about AS is trying to explain my thought processes to NTs. My mind reaches conclusions in a completely non-linear manner that is highly visual; Temple Grandin has written a stellar account at http://www.grandin.com/inc/visual.thinking.mind.autistic.person.html

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