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The Rainman Twins (18 Apr. 2011)

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Rainman twins - hardly
26 September 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was disappointed with the episode because it focused so much on their excellent fact recall/memory and obsessive behaviour, that to me did not represent as a "genius" as they quoted in the show.

The episode demonstrated to me, how difficult it would be to have children with this condition and highlighted the obsessive behaviour that can occur with this condition.

Although, it was mildly interesting episode, I would have preferred to watch an episode on a savant or 'rainman' that demonstrated an extraordinary skill, more than recalling dates. For instance, several musicians that are blind can play professional standard music or contribute in society in another way through, art or mathematics. Or someone with these disabilities able to overcome barriers and live independently or even maintain employment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savant_syndrome - some people are listed here with savant syndrome here.

The twins in this episode were obsessed with watching TV shows and fascinated by movie and TV stars. I would hardly call this a contribution to society. It merely reinforces how disabilities impede on lives and the lives of their carer.

I did not like how the questioned the twins with "what did you eat on Tuesday". Although, they did ask them several factual stuff throughout the show, in which they recalled correctly. It would have been better if they focused more on that rather than their food choices as this isn't something can be confirmed or denied and thus does not support their recall abilities.


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