Temple Grandin, fully Mary Temple Grandin

Grandin, fully Mary Temple Grandin

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

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Autism is an extremely variable disorder.

Autism is part of who I am.

Autistic children are very difficult to take care of, especially severely autistic ones. When I was 4, I had almost no language; when I was 3, I had none at all.

Bad things always happen when an animal is over-selected for any single trait. Nature will give you a nasty surprise.

Boys who cry can work for Google. Boys who trash computers cannot. I once was at a science conference, and I saw a NASA scientist who had just found out that his project was canceled?a project he?d worked on for years. He was maybe sixty-five years old, and you know what? He was crying. And I thought, Good for him. That?s why he was able to reach retirement age working in a job he loved.

A sensory diet simply means that at certain intervals, a child may need a break to calm his nervous system down. Sensory problems are on a continuum from mild to severe. Children with more severe sensory problems will need more frequent breaks to calm down an over aroused nervous system. During these breaks, the child can engage in sensory activities that are calming. It is often best to have the breaks at scheduled times to prevent accidentally rewarding a child for throwing a tantrum. If the child gets sensory breaks after he/she behaves badly, he/she may behave badly to obtain more breaks.

A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis.

And while we are on the subject of medication you always need to look at risk versus benefit.

Animals like novelty if they can choose to investigate it; they fear novelty if you shove it in their faces.

Animals make us Human.

As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment.

At the age of three, Tito Mukhopadhyay was diagnosed with severe autism, but his mother, Soma, refused to accept the conventional wisdom of the time that her son would be unable to interact with the outside world. She read to him, taught him to write in English, and challenged him to write his own stories.

Autism facts: - 1 in 88 U.S. children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). - 1 in 85 Colorado children is affected by the disorder. - The national estimated prevalence of ASDs increased 78 percent between 2002 and 2008. - ASDs were found to affect almost five times as many boys as girls. - The majority (62 percent) of children with ASDs did not have intellectual disabilities.

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