A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin's Mother Tells the Family Story

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A Thorn in My Pocket is Eustacia Cutler's story of raising her daughter, Temple Grandin, in the conservative Leave-it-to-Beaver world of the fifties, a time when children with autism were routinely diagnosed as "infant schizophrenics" and banished to institutions. She tells of her fight to keep Temple in the mainstream of family, community, and school life, how Temple responded and went on to succeed, as Ms. Cutler puts it, "beyond my wildest dreams." Ms. Cutler also explores the nature of the autism disorder as ...

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Overview

A Thorn in My Pocket is Eustacia Cutler's story of raising her daughter, Temple Grandin, in the conservative Leave-it-to-Beaver world of the fifties, a time when children with autism were routinely diagnosed as "infant schizophrenics" and banished to institutions. She tells of her fight to keep Temple in the mainstream of family, community, and school life, how Temple responded and went on to succeed, as Ms. Cutler puts it, "beyond my wildest dreams." Ms. Cutler also explores the nature of the autism disorder as doctors understand it today, and how its predominant characteristics reflect our own traits in an exaggerated form.
 
 
Insightful chapters include:

  • And Baby Makes Three
  • As the Twig Is Bent
  • Childhood
  • The Separate Worlds Begin
  • Things Fall Apart
  • And Start All Over Again
  • The End of Childhood
  • Then What Happened?
  • Looking for the Source
  • The Legacy of Genes
  • What It Means to Be Human

The mother of the most famous person with autism today, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., tells the story of her death-lock struggle with medical authorities and her husband to keep her daughter from being warehoused in an institution, delving into myth and reality, angst and guilt, family and society ultimately defining the travails of all of humanity.

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“I laughed, I cried, I was shocked and amazed. Her story is one that will stay with me especially on the days I have trouble with my child.”

 

“Very talented lady and wonderful writer.”

“Her writings are very powerful and moving.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932565164
  • Publisher: World Future Horizons
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 335,530
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Eustacia Purves Cutler received her Bachelors degree in English from Harvard University. She has lead an interesting and fulfilled life as a singer, actress, writer and mother of four. One of Eustacia’s children, Temple Grandin, has high functioning autism. She has used her experiences with autism to write past television productions, such as: The Innocents, The Disquieted and Teachers Guides to Television, a production of NBC-TV. In addition Eustacia has integrated her creative theatrical knowledge to write Lydia and Secret. Eustacia is affiliated with the Dramatics Guild, Actors Equity Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women/NY, and the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media. Euctacia continues to write and had dedicated a vast amount of energy into writing and sharing her personal experiences with her daughter’s autism. She tours all over the world speaking at conferences on the subject of autism. Eustacia resides in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Chapter 1: And Baby Makes Three
Chapter 2: As the Twig Is Bent
Chapter 3: Childhood
Chapter 4: The Separate Worlds Begin
Chapter 5: Things Fall Apart
Chapter 6: And Start All Over Again
Chapter 7: The End of Childhood
Chapter 8: Then What Happened?
Chapter 9: Looking for the Source
Chapter 10: The Legacy of Genes
Chapter 11: What It Means to Be Human
Acknowledgements
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    I highly recommend this book, a must read!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I believe her narrative set the example for all of us to follow in the treatment of children with autism. Even Temple's own father wanted to put her (Temple) in an instition and the author was dead set against it. I wonder what would have become of Temple if not for her mother? She was a true advocate, seeking the best for her daughter and not setttling for anything less. The author's determination is to be admired.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    a wonderful story for parents of a child with autism.

    A great book about the life of and struggles of a mother raising her daughter(Temple)who has autism. The thinking during the 1950s was to put children with autism away in some hospital. Temple's mother fought long and hard to keep her in schools and eventually college.Yes Temple still has autism, but Today Temple holds a PhD in Animal Science and speaks around the world on the topic of autism.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

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    This book is not as advertised. The reader learns very little about Temple Grandins family life in her early years but quite alot about the authors career interests, her marriage ...it is more of an autobiography. This woman (Temples mother) does not write as well as Temple and one is left to wonder how helpful the author is to others now that Temple includes her on her lecture circuit. No free sample overall big disappointment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    A mixed review

    Temple Grandin was born in a time where autism was not understood. Her mother details her experiences, expressing her frustrations with the lack of support and abandonment by Temples father. Professionals of that era were at a loss as how to interpret her symptoms and blamed her mother in most instances.

    The author's constant and lengthy references to her self and her own pursuits severly detracted from what I believe was the intended import.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Battle Grounds

    The map is messed up, so bios res 1, and no berry bushes. Buy them at the Pokecenter.

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    Posted January 17, 2012

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