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Talents of gifted children: Stories of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  01:03 am

JP/Seto WardhanaWhile struggling to acquire certain life skills, people with Asperger’s Syndrome – a high-functioning type of the autism spectrum disorder –are highly gifted and skilled in areas they are passionate about.Ananda Sukarlan’s parents once suspected he was deaf, when the Indonesian classical pianist and composer was a toddler.“I just didn’t respond when people called me. They subsequently checked my hearing, only to find out that I still responded to auditory stimulation,” the 59-year-old musician told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview.So what was the problem? He turned out to have a hard time to respond to people. As he got a little older, he had difficulties interacting with other people, whose presence made him feel anxious. But his parents could not identify the true reason why their son was a little different to the other kids, who were generally...