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Emergence: Labelled Autistic: Labeled Autistic [Paperback]

Temple Grandin , Margaret M. Scariano
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Book Description

1 Feb 2005

Temple Grandin was diagnosed as being autistic at the

age of three. An intelligent child with a thirst for

knowledge, but unable to properly express herself or

control her own behavior, Temple struggled through grade school. Eventually, her disruptive behavior forced her expulsion from a "normal" school and enrollment at a

school for autistic children. There Temple fared better,

but she began to suffer from "nerve attacks." Through

working at the school's farm, Temple learned about cattle presses, which are used to calm nervous livestock. After building her own press, Temple Grandin used it to

successfully control her nerve attacks, and for all intents

and purposes, cure her autism.

Reading this book is an adventure. There is no other book

like it-even remotely like it. The reason is simple. The

author has a story to tell, a true story, one that is so

breathtakingly unusual you will think it to be mere


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446671827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446671828
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Temple's remarkable story is uniquely valuable in helping us see autism from the 'inside. (Her dedication to science and her uncompromising honesty about herself will help scientists understand the links between neurology, empathy, and altruism.')

Lorna Jean King, OTR, FAOTA, Center for Neuro-Developmental Studies ('This is the story of a frightening journey which provides the reader with a first hand account of the sense of isolation, hopelessness, and anxiety suffered by autistics and their families.')

Del Morrison, Ph.D., Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Clinic

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Temple Grandin, who was first made famous by Oliver Sacks' An Anthropologist on Mars, tells her remarkable story of how she struggled to overcome her autism.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 21 Oct 2010
What an inspiring book. Temple Grandin has led such an interesting life. A perfect read for anyone with an interest in Autism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emergence: Labeled Autistic 27 May 2009
By edrm
I was really amazed how Dr. Temple Grandin grew up through this book. First time I saw her presentation on autism/Asperger's(a/A) over the net, I doubted she still has a/A because she spoke so articulately and confidently. Although I hear she seems hypersensitive to loud noises and itches caused by new clothes, I could see she has overcome some of the autistic traits such as quick-tempered behavior, temper tantrum, and any other symptoms she used to have in her childhood and teens. This is, I would say, mainly because her mother and her mentors supported her in order to help her acquire her social skills like Temple said in this book. I began to understand why she became so confident when reading Lorna King's message to Temple on p.147. In short, she wasn't an impressive speaker right from the start. It sounds real wordy or verbose, but those who understand Temple see carefully how she has changed better.

Another thing that amazed me was the squeeze machine. I still have little idea how she came up with this, but it seems to help visual thinkers like her reduce a lot of stress and anxiety. I think the main reason is that visual thinkers get it intuitively instead of by verbal explanation.

After all, I would like Auties/Aspies and those dealing with them to buckle down to Emergence whether or not you are familiar with animal science which Temple majors in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely tale to encourage others 8 Jan 2005
By Keith Appleyard VINE VOICE
Some of the terminology in this book seemed awkward and anachronistic, until one looks back and realises it was written nearly 20 years ago, and was unique in its time.
Temple Grandin refers to herself as a "recovered autistic person" - but I don't think you do "recover" as such - not like getting over the measles - autism is with you for life?
However, apart from that 'niggle' I think the book is brilliant. It even starts out with a very simple & straightforward description of autism : "a defect in the systems which process incoming sensory information causes the child to over-react to some stimuli and under-react to others". So succinct & clear.
Temple appears to have had some tremendous Love & Support from her Family & some of her Teachers, but enough mishaps occur along the way to give others warnings about what to watch out for.
I also liked her concluding chapters, some updated in the mid-1990's and still valid today, when she gives advice regarding fixations, observation, food allergies, and most importantly, the role of drug-based treatments.
There have been many autistic biographies since this one, but I can understand the impact it had when it was first published. I wish I had read it when it first came out.
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This astonishing book gives you a rare look into the world of autism through the first hand account of the author Temple Grandin, who is herself autistic. One of the few books I've encountered on this subject that actually gave me some real insight on how it feels to be "labeled autistic". If you've ever wondered how it's like to walk in the shoes of a person afflicted with this condition, this is the book to read.

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In "Emergence" Temple Grandin gives a good overview of her life from toddler through to the beginning of middle age. She describes well how her autism affected her perception, understanding, and emotions, and how she learned, with the help of a very engaged mother and later a very caring teacher, to adapt to a neurotypical world. Particularly fascinating is her description of how she learned to use her autistic viewpoint to understand not only the mental processes of other human beings but also the perceptions and thought processes of animals.

She is an inspiring woman who has turned her autism, a condition people usually think of as a disability, into what is essentially a powerful set of alternative mental and psychological thinking engines, and used it to build an impressive career as one of the most successful designers of humane livestock handling systems in the World, as a Professor of Animal Science, as a best-selling writer, and as an activist for the rights of people on the autistic spectrum.

I have given this book four stars for two reasons: 1) although it is an enlightening and engaging read it's rather short and 2) it would benefit from the introduction of more descriptions of Grandin's intensely visual thinking style and of how she developed her other visualisation talents, and of her autistic thinking styles in general.

Grandin's book "Thinking in Pictures" describes her visual thinking skills in depth and detail, and makes a very good companion to "Emergence" - if you buy one book I would recommend you buy the other with it. Perhaps one day she will integrate them into a unified five star book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good book 8 April 2012
By Petr
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Well worth reading! It helps with insight of perceptions not only of an autistic person. Or, rather, each of us probably has a bit of an autistic feature inside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit dated, but a very enlightening book
I read Temple Grandin's newer book "Thinking In Pictures" before reading this one and thought it would be a bore reading this as a result. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by nonneurotypical
5.0 out of 5 stars Decesive!!!!
To really see expresed the insight of an autistic person from her inner voice, makes of it the most impressive document I`ve ever read on autism, and a very inteligent approach to... Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Emergence - Temple Grandin
This autobiography is amazing, giving tremendous hope to people who have had the devastating news that a person they love, has been diagnosed with the autism spectrum. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2010 by Esknitter
5.0 out of 5 stars I could relate to this
My 15yr old daughter was diagnosed as having Aspergers Autism last year. So much of this book was relevant to us and to her it was amazing. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
I wish I could say that this inspiring and idyosyncratic little book (instead of the wretched "The Secret of Susan" by insipid old Ann M. Read more
Published on 18 April 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autism Experience
After working with 2 autistic girls, one of which wanted to be like Temple, I had to read her books, partly so I could understand and partly out of curiosity. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
The first ever autobiography written by someone with autism, and still one of the best.
Published on 12 Nov 1997
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