A nine-year-old autistic girl in Sharjah, whose extraordinary ability to read her mother’s mind was revealed to the world last week, could be the next name added to a worldwide registry of people with savant talents, according to the world’s top expert in savant syndrome.
In an exclusive report published on March 25, Khaleej Times brought to light the story of miracle girl Nandana Unnikrishnan, an autistic Indian child who can feel her mother’s emotions and read her thoughts, without any medium.
After reading the report on the Khaleej Times website, Dr Treffert wrote to Khaleej Times expressing his interest in the story and his long-term involvement researching savant syndrome.
“(I) have been involved in research on savant syndrome for many years. Savant syndrome itself is rare. But the type of telepathy Nandana exhibits is extraordinarily rare. I am investigating several cases now and appreciate learning about Nandana.”
Dr Treffert conveyed his desire to learn more about Nandana’s talents and called the Khaleej Times report “very convincing”.
From what I get out of this, the Dr. is going by the report he read in the Khaleej Times. He did no testing and the testing mentioned in the report is not detailed. So what we have so far is… nothing. A story. There is mention that no facilitated communication was used. That’s a positive. But most of these stories gloss over the fact that there is PLENTY of wiggle room to interpret psychic ability. There are often inadequate controls. When sound controls are applied to the testing, the effect disappears. There is a million dollars waiting for anyone who can demonstrate psychic abilities. It may be difficult for this girl to travel and undergo testing but it would be worth it to show her ability to the world.
Doubtful, I am. Also, I don’t like when kids are exploited like this.