Temple Grandin, fully Mary Temple Grandin

Temple
Grandin, fully Mary Temple Grandin
1947

American Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, Author, Autistic Activist, Consultant to Livestock Industry

Author Quotes

There tends to be a lot of autism around the tech centers... when you concentrate the geeks, you're concentrating the autism genetics.

The big companies are like steel and activists are like heat. Activists soften the steel, and then I can bend it into pretty grillwork and make reforms.

The easiest words for an autistic child to learn are nouns, because they directly relate to pictures. Highly verbal autistic children like I was can sometimes learn how to read with phonics. Written words were too abstract for me to remember, but I could laboriously remember the approximately fifty phonetic sounds and a few rules.

Some teachers just have a knack for working with autistic children. Other teachers do not have it.

Sometimes you have to go outside your field of study to find the right people.

Parents get so worried about the deficits that they don't build up the strengths, but those skills could turn into a job," said Grandin, who addresses scientific advances in understanding autism in her newest book, "The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum." "These kids often have uneven skills. We need to be a lot more flexible about things. Don't hold these math geniuses back. You're going to have to give them special ed in reading because that tends to be the pattern, but let them go ahead in math.

People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet.

Pressure is calming to the nervous system.

Research has shown that a barren environment is much more damaging to baby animals than it is to adult animals. It does not hurt the adult animals the same way it damages babies.

Research is starting to show that a child should be engaged at least 20 hours a week. I do not think it matters which program you choose as long as it keeps the child actively engaged with the therapist, teacher, or parent for at least 20 hours a week.

Social thinking skills must be directly taught to children and adults with ASD. Doing so opens doors of social understandings in all areas of life.

Some autistic children cannot stand the sound of certain voices. I have come across cases where teachers tell me that certain children have problems with their voice or another person?s voice. This problem tends to be related to high-pitched ladies? voices.

Some children may need a behavioral approach, whereas other children may need a sensory approach.

Some people with autism who don't talk, all they hear are vowel sounds. Like if I said 'cup,' they might just hear 'uh.'

One of my sensory problems was hearing sensitivity, where certain loud noises, such as a school bell, hurt my ears. It sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears.

One of the problems today is for a kid to get any special services in school, they have to have a label. The problem with autism is you've got a spectrum that goes from Einstein down to someone with no language," said Grandin, who has a form of high-functioning autism known as Asperger's syndrome. "Steve Jobs was probably mildly on the autistic spectrum. Basically, you've probably known people who were geeky and socially awkward but very smart. When does geeks and nerds become autism? That's a gray area. Half the people in Silicon Valley probably have autism.

One big question that's come up is: Has autism increased on the mild side of things? I don't think so - they've always been here. Some of this is increased detection.

Nature is cruel but we don't have to be

Neither living nor learning was good without order.

Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don?t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can?t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there?s too much stimulation.

My mind can always separate the two. Even when I am very upset, I keep reviewing the facts over and over until I can come to a logical conclusion.

My mind sort of works like a search engine. You ask me something, and I start seeing pictures.

My mind works like Google for images. You put in a key word; it brings up pictures.

My problems are sort of more on a nuisance level. I can't stand scratchy clothes, I've got to have soft kinds of cotton against my skin, and I don't know why some 100% cotton t-shirts itch and others don't; it has something to do with the weave.

My Advice is: You always have to keep persevering.

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First Name
Temple
Last Name
Grandin, fully Mary Temple Grandin
Birth Date
1947
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American Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, Author, Autistic Activist, Consultant to Livestock Industry