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I really enjoyed this book by Temple Grandin and was amazed at the amount of insight she has into her own condition. This has obviously been an ongoing learning curve for her. Her courage and perseverance in an often alien and disturbing world is truly inspirational. More than that, the book excited me, as it gave me insight into my own adult son's autistic behaviours, and how the world appears to him. It explained so much that I hadn't really understood before and enabled me to modify my own expectations or way of thinking about how he reacts to certain things. I had already seen a movie about Grandin's life. This book went into a lot more depth about autism and was well worth the read.
What an interesting lady, in this day when most people know children with autistic problems this ladies attitude to other problems is remarkable and shows people with problems if treated correctly can lead very fulfilling lives, a truly remarkable ad interesting book
A great resource for anyone that has family or friends on the autistic/asperger's spectrum. This book gives an informed experience of what it is like in the world of autism and is a resource for people to refer to for with a family member or friends coming to terms with the complex life of autism. I liked the book because the author has given an honest experience of someone who actually has lived and learnt how to function in mainstream society and make a success of her life. Inspirational and moving.
A thought provoking insight into the thinking of those with special brain connections. A read that gives great hope to any person with autism and for their loved ones. A very important book by a courages women.
Temple Grandin grew up with Asperger's Syndrome before it was understood by anyone but a handful of researchers. She has turned her insights and special interest in animal science into a successful career designing livestock handling systems. She claims that the image-based thinking of the autism spectrum is similar to the language-free thought processes of animals. This insight leads to interesting conclusions about communication.
The book weaves together accounts of Grandin's life and the development of knowledge about autism. Its eleven chapters are organized by autism topics and cover visual thinking, diagnosis, sensory problems, emotion, developing talents, treatments, relationships, connecting with animals, animal thinking, autism and genius, and religion. Temple Grandin provides a clear, readable account of scientific findings supplemented by experiences from her life. This expanded version includes updated information about autism spectrum causes, diagnosis, and treatment that have become available since the book was originally published in 1996.
The author is candid about her life's hard-won lessons. She also shares the things which bring her the greatest satisfaction and what these insights may mean for others. A sample:
- Her innovative design of a "squeeze machine" to restrain cattle is based on how calming she found gentle pressure as a child. - Temple visualized large transitions in her life as stepping through a doorway--and often found an actual doorway to step through and reduce the stress of change. - One way to get a feel for visual, associational thinking is to play with the Google search engine for images. - Autistic fixations are not always a problem; some people are able to channel them into successful careers. - Early in her career, Temple often made business contacts on the phone so she didn't have to interpret and respond to complex social signals. She believes that phone and internet contact can be useful in more gradual development of social skills.
Grandin's blend of research reporting and personal reflection works well. Her book covers the basics of autism, grounded in the author's life. It is both a contrast and a complement to another excellent book, Tony Attwood's
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
, which offers a drier and more exhaustive presentation of the same subject. Both are highly recommended for anyone on the autism spectrum or who wants both breadth and depth in their understanding of it.