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What we can learn from observing cattle - seriously!,
This review is from: Thinking in Pictures: Autism (Paperback)
Whether or not you are familiar with Autism or Aspergers, I think it worthwhile reading Temple's earlier book first. This one is then written 10 years later, and based upon her successes and failures, she takes you through some of her thoughts and ideas.
The prevailing theme is that how she uses her experience and expertise at working with cattle (and other animals), understanding their basic fears, dislikes and preferences, and how this has given her an insight into the equivalent fears, dislikes and preferences of autistic people.
This animal-human empathy may seem weird to some, but it really does seem to come up with some rational ideas. For example autistic children don't like things that look out of place, just as cattle interpret a broken branch or disturbed earth as signs of a predator in the vicinity.
There is also some potentially useful discussion on the role of more modern drugs, such as clomipramine and fluoxetine.
Finally, to demonstrate that this is not just a 'light' book with a rudimentary index, we get a Bibliography, with nearly 200 references for further reading.