Dr Darold Treffert is The Leading Expert and Top Researcher in the Field of Savant Syndrome. With over 50 years experience on the subject, Dr. Treffert dives in to the subject of Savantism, speaking of his experiences consulting on the movie rain man, as well as his experiences with these amazing individuals, and the rights of the mentally handicap. Where does this Einstein Gene come from and why can it be triggered in people suffering head injuries? Why do some savants display psychic/ paranormal abilities and do we all carry this genius gene within our own DNA, and what if it could be triggered? Dr. Trevvert has dedicated his life work to answering these questions as well as helping individuals with this misunderstood condition.
Author of Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant, and Extraordinary People: Understanding Savant Syndrome are both goto books to understand the incredible phenomena.
Dr Treffert was a key consultant to the movie Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman “Who portrayed an autistic savant. And his work introduced genius savants such as Leslie, Alonzo and George. Many persons remember these three remarkable people from the 1983 60 Minutes program about them.
In addition to his work in the area of Savant Syndrome, Dr. Treffert has lectured nationally for a number of years on the topic of "Mellowing". His booklet, Mellowing: Lessons from Listening, has been widely distributed. Another area of writing and speaking has been the rights of the mentally ill with respect to balancing clinical realities and legal rights.
Darold A. Treffert, M.D. www.savantsyndrome.com www.treffertcenter.com www.daroldtreffert.com