The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed

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“The right brain has created the right book for right now.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Temple Grandin may be the most famous person with autism, a condition that affects 1 in 88 children. Since her birth in 1947, our understanding of it has undergone a great transformation, leading to more hope than ever before that we may finally learn the causes of and treatments for autism.

Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin ...

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Overview

“The right brain has created the right book for right now.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Temple Grandin may be the most famous person with autism, a condition that affects 1 in 88 children. Since her birth in 1947, our understanding of it has undergone a great transformation, leading to more hope than ever before that we may finally learn the causes of and treatments for autism.

Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the advances in neuroimaging and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show which anomalies might explain common symptoms. Most excitingly, she argues that raising and educating kids on the autism spectrum must focus on their long-overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions. The Autistic Brain brings Grandin’s singular perspective into the heart of the autism revolution.

"[Grandin’s] most insightful work to date . . . The Autistic Brain is something anyone could benefit from reading, and I recommend it to anyone with a personal or professional connection to autism or neurological difference."—John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye

"The Autistic Brain can both enlighten readers with little exposure to autism and offer hope and compassion to those who live with the condition."—Scientific American

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Temple Grandin wrote her first book about autism in 1986. Since then, so much about changed about what we know and think about this condition, and perhaps no one has communicated more effectively about those changes than Temple herself. Both her keen intelligence and identity as a determined autistic activist ring out in this new book about what we now know about the much-discussed "spectrum." Grandin combines current scientific data with information about its implications, including welcome news about recent research on the strengths of autism. A major, wonderfully accessible book on a developing field; a psychology bestseller, now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544227736
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 68,502
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Temple Grandin

TEMPLE GRANDIN is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several best-selling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

RICHARD PANEK is the prize-winning author of The 4% Universe and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Science Writing.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    Based solely on the excerpt here, I can't wait to read the rest!

    Based solely on the excerpt here, I can't wait to read the rest! Having worked in the Special Education field for 25+ years, so much of Temple's perspective rings true. If nothing else,it will help to affirm the complex realities of working with autistic individuals and help me to understand everything e n b
    How to better relate to my students.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    I have worked as a volunteer in our local schools for many years

    I have worked as a volunteer in our local schools for many years and often encounter autistic children. There are definitely more today than there were even a few years ago. This is a valuable tool to help us understand how they perceive and react to the world. I can't wait to read this!!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    my niece was diagnosed as mildly autistic. This excerpt, alone,

    my niece was diagnosed as mildly autistic. This excerpt, alone, is the reason why I will purchase the book. It will be nice to have a perspective; beyond the limited knowledge of observation; to be better equiped to enjoy her life , more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Very interesting!

    I just read this book and I appreciated that the authors tried to explain some of the more scientific information in more common terms. This book gave me more insight into autism than I had before and really complimented what I have learned in college. I've already recommended this book to fellow parents, students, and professors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    For those with a scientific mind who really want to understand the physical reasons for autism.

    This book was a little too technical for me. It goes into great detail about brain differences, with pictures. I liked her other books better, but probably because of my own mindset.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Recommended for anyone with sensory issues.

    Although, I am not truely Autistic. I definately have some sensory issues. Temple did an amazing job of explaining why I have some of the inconsistancies that I do with what irritates me. I want my family to read it so they will understand more about me.

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