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Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Temple Grandin writes of her personal perspective of living with austism.

    The author presents her life experiences of living with autism in a straight forward manner that is educational and insightful. She includes reflections from her childhood that help the reader to better understand her view of other children, relationships between people, her educational process, her family, and the animals in her life. <BR/> There is a photograph in the text of the author as a pre-adolescent in a squeeze box that she designed and built. She had witnessed how cattle became calm when they were squeezed in a cattle chute as they received injections. She applied this concept as a possibility for reducing anxiety in people. In the appendix there is a manufacturer listed who makes and sells the squeeze box.<BR/> She refers to her many accomplishments without attempting to call attention to herself as being very gifted. Her drawings are amazing in her depiction of architectural designs that limit the pain and suffering of animals in the livestock industry. <BR/> She also explains the processes of the limbic system as it relates to God and religious thought.<BR/> I found this account of how Temple Grandin interacts with her world to be inspiring.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    Fascinating.

    Anyone interested in understanding what it feels like to have autism will enjoy this book. Ms. Grandin writes with honesty.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Good Book For Parents of Autistic Children

    I have always wanted to have a glimpse of how my son thinks. Temple Grandin's book offers some personal input and explanations as to why autistic people do certain things and why. She offers advice on how to handle situations and emphasizes on the importance of engaging your child or friend or family member into developing talents with preexisting hobbies to ensure a productive adult life.

    I have only two negative comments. I found myself bored and feeling like I was back in my college Pharmacology class during the Medications chapters. Also Temple tends to repeat herself about certain topics. Of course, I had to keep reminding myself that the author IS autistic and she cannot help it since repetition is a common thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    Interesting book

    Temple Grandin provides a very interesting perspective in this book. Being a person with autism, she is very close to the subject and is able to share personal stories rather than just anecdotes or observations about others. This alone makes the book worthwile. What else is great about the book is that it is very accessible to everyone - it is not written like a textbook or scientific journal but rather like a biography. It should help many people better understand autism and the people with it. My only complaint is that many points are stated repeatedly, almost to the point of being irritating. I found myself doing some skimming in the last few chapters because points were being restated.

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