Here, in Dr Temple Grandin's own words, is the story of what it is like to live with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and to be among the few people who have broken through many of the neurological impairments associated with the disorder.
Throughout her life, Temple has developed unique coping strategies, including her famous "squeeze machine," which she modelled after seeing the calming effect of squeeze chutes on cattle. She describes her painful isolation growing up "different" and her discovery of visual symbols to interpret the "ways of the natives."
Thinking In Pictures also provides information from the front lines of autism, including treatment, medication, and diagnosis, as well as Temple's insights into genius, savants, sensory phenomena, and animal behaviour.
Ultimately, it is Temple's unique ability to describe the way her visual mind works and how she first made the connection between her impairment and animal temperament that is the basis of her extraordinary gift and phenomenal success.
A great resource that can introduce anyone who either suffers from Austism (or knows someone who does) into the world of ASD.
Dr Temple Grandin is one of the world's most accomplished and well known adults with autism. Diagnosed with autism as a child, she went on to complete her PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is now a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the bestsellers Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, and The Way I See It.
Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism, and her work has been covered in the New York Times and People. Most recently she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.