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

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I'm a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There's others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there's another type that's not a visual thinker at all, and they're the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics.

In a noisy place I can?t understand speech, because I cannot screen out the background noise.

I would not be here now if I did not have anti-depressants.

I?m a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There?s others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there?s another type that?s not a visual thinker at all, and they?re the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics.

I was also struck, when we walked together, by her seeming inability to feel some of the simplest emotions. The mountains are pretty, she said, but they don?t give me a special feeling, the feeling you seem to enjoy ? You look at the brook, the flowers, I see what great pleasure you get out of it. I?m denied that.

I was expected to sit at the table, learn how to eat properly.

I was fascinated with optical illusions.

I was so afraid to go out west to my aunt's ranch. But the only choice my mother gave me was to go for two weeks or all summer. I wound up staying all summer. And that's where I learned about cattle. I could relate to their behavior, their fears.

I would never talk just to be social. Now, to sit down with a bunch of engineers and talk about the latest concrete forming systems, that?s really interesting. Talking with animal behaviorists or with someone who likes to sail, that?s interesting. Information is interesting to me. But talking for the sake of talking, I find that quite boring.

I think that autistic brains tend to be specialized brains. Autistic people tend to be less social. It takes a ton of processor space in the brain to have all the social circuits.

I think the core criterion is the social awkwardness, but the sensory issues are a serious problem in many, many cases of autism and they make it impossible to operate in the environment where you?re supposed to be social. How can you be social if you can?t tolerate those five TVs that are in that bar?

I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.

I use my mind to solve problems and invent things.

I strongly recommend that students with autism get involved in special interest clubs in some of the areas they naturally excel at. Being with people who share your interests makes socializing easier.

I think on the mild end of the spectrum most of its increased detection because I?ve worked with so many folks my age that I know are on the spectrum that are undiagnosed. And I think there?s some mental retardation?what used to be labeled mental retardation? that has gotten labeled autism. But I think there?s some actual severe autism that actually has increased.

I think sometimes parents and teachers fail to stretch kids. My mother had a very good sense of how to stretch me just slightly outside my comfort zone. No surprises. You can?t chuck them in the deep end of the pool, that doesn?t work but she kind of just knew, you know, to get me to do things, like serve hors d?oeuvres at my mother?s parties and just bow and shake hands with the guests.

I have been on the same dose of anti-depressants for 15 years, and my nerves still go up and down in cycles; but my nerves are cycling at a lower level than they were before.

I have been talking and writing about sensory problems for over 20 years, and am still perplexed by many people who do not acknowledge sensory issues and the pain and discomfort they can cause. A person doesn't have to be on the autism spectrum to be affected by sensory issues.

I know a number of autistic adults that are doing extremely well on Prozac.

I like the really logical way that I think. I'm totally logical. In fact, it kind of blows my mind how irrational human beings are," she said. "If you totally got rid of autism, you'd have nobody to fix your computer in the future.

I like to cross the divide between the personal world and the scientific world.

I like to figure things out and solve problems.

I obtain great satisfaction out of using my intellect.

I replaced emotional complexity with visual and intellectual complexity. I questioned everything and looked to logic, science, and intellect for answers.

I had problems getting my words out. If people spoke directly to me, I understood what they said. But when the grownups got to yakking really fast by themselves, it just sounded like 'oi oi.' I thought grownups had a separate language. I've now figured out I was not hearing the hard consonant sounds.

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Temple
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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