As Grandin would put it, every day of her life sees her adding to the visual index in her brain - more video of more social situations with more people acting in more varied ways. Grandin intellectually decides, after consulting her index, how to react to situations that individuals without autism would react to without a thought.
My experience with working with those afflicted with autism has led me to the same conclusions as what she presents in her book.
The memoir is short, less than two hundred pages, and includes her own recounting as well as letters that her mother sent to various specialists, educators, as well as to Grandin. What was most interesting and helpful for me was hearing Grandin's strong voice throughout her story.
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I would like to congratulate Temple Grandin for being so brave in sharing with us all her knowledge she has accumulated during these years, if we learn to understand how this world works for autistic people, that is for sure we are going to make it a better place for everybody.
The second reason why was that the author of this book was Temple Grandin. After my teachers introduction of Temple Grandin, I watched her TED lecture, which was titled The world needs all kinds of minds, and thought it very interesting. This book is mainly about Temple Grandin herself. Mr. Carlock believes her ability which made Temple study, and choose her career after learning animal science. Also, on her vacation with Aunt Ann, she develops cattle chute for herself, which was used to be calm, and this shows how talented she was with understanding animals mind and tried hard to change herself as sociable person. While reading this book, I felt three things from Temples life. Temple found her interest and talent of animal science, and became famous expert who created one-third of livestock facilities in U.S. Second, power of education is very strong that it can change others life. Also, while all the other teachers though Temple as a weird girl who has bad grades, Mr. Calock find her special talent on mechanism.
Special diets have helped some children." I would add that it's important to try behavior modification prior to medication. As a kindergarten teacher, I often urge parents to look into seeing a nutritionist and/or behavior programs like Love and Logic. an autistic child may ignore a loud noise but react violently to the sound of crinkling cellophane." Very insightful and useful information when it comes to future students. One of my favorite lines in the book was, "Typical of young people with autism, I didn't bear change with grace." I see this not just with students who have autistic tendencies but with others who are OCD or ODD. The most powerful thing I got out of this book is the fact that teachers can and do make a difference with autistic students. Not just any teacher, but teachers who believe in their autistic students and approach them with love, creativity, firmness, and patience.
Though Temple Grandin is neither a doctor nor a researcher, she writes with authority on a wide range of topics related to autism. I don't know how much help or editing Temple Grandin got in writing this book, but the writing was good enough that it surprised me, because there was a level of self-awareness that I thought autistic people lacked by definition.
She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift, and others.