Temple Grandin was diagnosed as being autistic at the age of three. An intelligent child with a thirst for knowledge, but unable to properly express herself or control her own behavior, Temple struggled through grade school. Eventually, her disruptive behavior forced her expulsion from a "normal" school and enrollment at a school for autistic ...
Temple Grandin was diagnosed as being autistic at the age of three. An intelligent child with a thirst for knowledge, but unable to properly express herself or control her own behavior, Temple struggled through grade school. Eventually, her disruptive behavior forced her expulsion from a "normal" school and enrollment at a school for autistic children. There Temple fared better, but she began to suffer from "nerve attacks." Through working at the school's farm, Temple learned about cattle presses, which are used to calm nervous livestock. After building her own press, Temple Grandin used it to successfully control her nerve attacks, and for all intents and purposes, cure her autism. Reading this book is an adventure. There is no other book like it-even remotely like it. The reason is simple. The author has a story to tell, a true story, one that is so breathtakingly unusual you will think it to be mere fiction.
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I read this book after reading "Thinking in Pictures," which was selected by our university as the 2011-12 Freshman Book, because I wanted to learn more about the world of an autistic child. Dr. Grandin is an amazing woman and her books offer incredible insight into her mental world and how she processes information. As one of our occupational therapy faculty summed it up - the current generation of therapists have no idea of the magnitude of Dr. Grandin's "gift" to them, i.e., insight and knowledge. These younger therapists didn't have the experience of the previous generation who had to learn effective autism treatment techniques through trial and error. After finishing Dr. Grandin's books, the book written by her mother (Thorn in My Pocket), and viewing the HBO video about Dr. Grandin, I view these works as very useful educational materials for health care providers as well as just plain interesting to lay people. I've donated by books and video to the occupational therapy student library so Dr. Grandin's gift continues to be shared.
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