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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons Incorporated; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193527421X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935274216
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is insightful, helpful, and hopeful--just like the woman who wrote it! It is a 'how-to' guide that I am confident will leave any reader feeling both informed and inspired." --Emily Gerson Saines, Executive Producer of the Emmy award-winning HBO movie "Temple Grandin"""Every school, large or small, with the responsibility of educating children with autism or Asperger's needs the guidance this book offers. . . . every parent will find within these pages golden nuggets of advice, encouragement, and hope to fuel their day-to-day journey through their child's autism. . . . The wisdom she offers through this book and its personal reflections on autism will, I'm sure, ring true for many more decades to come." --Ruth Christ Sullivan, first elected president of the Autism Society of America"

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As a child, Temple Grandin could not speak. Her silent existence was broken only by rhythmic rocking and occasional fits of screaming and thrashing. Temple's many caregivers eventually helped her contradict her doctors' pessimistic predictions and go on to become one of the autism community's most beloved success stories. Temple Grandin, PhD, is a popular international lecturer on autism and the author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make Us Human, and The Way I See It. One of the world's leading experts in livestock facility design, over half of the cattle in North America are handled in facilities designed by her. She credits her visual thinking and her systemizing mind, both characteristics of autism, for her ability to be "the woman who thinks like a cow." Now the subject of the acclaimed 2010 HBO movie based on her life, and recently named a "hero" of 2010 in "Time "magazine's list of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Temple continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Bollard on 18 Jun 2011
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I have to say that I've generally (and quite successfully) avoided reading anything by Temple Grandin until now. It's not that Temple is bad, quite the contrary, she's arguably the most influential and inspirational person on the spectrum.

My reasons for avoiding her work have all been about trying to stay "spoiler free" and figure things out for myself.

The first thing I have to say about this book is that it looks like an autobiography. When reviewing books, I usually don't read the back cover or anything past the title and subtitle on the front cover. I skip the table of contents and go straight to the book. This enables me to judge the book by its cover - and then by its contents. I felt that the book looked like an autobiography but I was very pleasantly surprised. This book is a collection of Temple's essays and interviews and it covers a much broader area of study that any biographical work could.

The fact that the essays are grouped into categories helps too. They seem to follow a logical progression and they feel like they naturally go together. It helps that the essays are short too because this means that they stay on topic and that you, the reader, will often feel ready to start a new chapter without a break.

There are 63 essays, 14 of which are new in this second edition. The average length of each essay is about five pages. They cover the broad areas of diagnosis, education, senses, non-verbal autism, behaviour, social functioning, medications, research and adult issues including employment. I don't think that I've seen another book which covers the spectrum so comprehensively.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ruly on 7 Aug 2011
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The Way I See it: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's

This is a perfect book for those readers who want to understand Autism and Asperger Syndrome from the inside out. Temple Grandin is a highly intelligent, articulate woman who has overcome many of the problems of Autism to become an expert in her field, and through her own experience a lay expert in Autism. This is a series of essays written over a number of years so there is some degree of repetition. I would recommend it for parents who wish to understand their autistic child and give them strategies for coping in a world which to them is often confusing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Swijghuisen Reigersberg on 17 Sep 2011
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I am an anthropologist by training and consequently a great believer in the diversity of humankind. I also am a great believer in allowing every person their own voice, on their own terms, because reality and experience are relative, socially determined and mitigated by a person's biological make-up. What I missed in other texts, predominantly as posted on internet sites of the various associations, societies and so forth, I found in this book. Grandin offers a personalised account of Asperger's and Autism and in doing so emphasises the fact that it is a spectrum, repeatedly. She also does so from the perspective of an adult.To me personally these are helpful. Firstly I felt it counteracts or balances information which is out there, that gives a simple list of 'symptoms', to check against for autism and Asperger's. Symptoms vary enormously and can be very evident, neigh impossible to observe or somewhere in between. Equally, neuro-typical people can have some of these symptoms without being autistic or having Asperger's. Often websites I have encountered list things at the level of the spectrum where things cause severe difficulties for the autistic person and their families and friends. I know a few people who have Asperger's and would not be able to relate to any of the information presented and in fact be put off by it. There is also a lack of possitive roles models out there, especially for women, given that autism and Asperger's are more common in men. Grandin offers us a fantastic role model in herself as a successful designer in the cattle industry, scholar and spokes person demonstrating that human diversity should be embraced and examined more positively. She also does this from the perspective of an adult.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fluffy on 27 Nov 2013
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Temple tells it clearly, efficiently and gives examples of how strategies applied can work. My son is 12 and i have to consider what i can do now, and be aware of now, to help him with secondary school and his future career. great read. am 24% through it on Kindle
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By momof3 on 16 Feb 2012
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This book is great to read especially if you have a child on the Autistic Spectrum. Temple is a fantastic woman who thanks to her Mother blossomed in life. Explains a lot of how people see the world. Thank you for writing this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR P J GILL on 25 Jun 2013
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Although once again written primarily about children on the autistic spectrum, with hindsight (as we didn't get recognition for our son until he was 27) it made me see his childhood was familiar to many others and had we had earlier intervention, I think we would have been further along the road. Difficult to work with an adult who is so set in his ways he is unchangable. Hope is there in the book with help at an early age.
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