Thinking in Pictures Paperback – 1 May 2006
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'A mind-blowing book -- Newsday
A fascinating account of how her mind works in an entirely visual way -- Irish Times
Grandin has created a beautifully odd and fascinating picture of her life and mind, and her abiding love of animals -- Elle
The idea that some people think differently, though no less humanly, is explored in this inspiring book. Temple Grandin is a gifted and successful animal scientist, and she is autistic. Here she tells us what it was like to grow up perceiving the world in an entirely concrete and visual way - somewhat akin to how animals think, she believes - and how it feels now. Through her finely observed understanding of the workings of her mind, she gives us an invaluable insight into autism and its challenges.See all Product description
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Her invention of a machine to calm herself, to give herself a steady pressure around her body she found applied in a similar way to the cattle she designing restraints for.
Temple's ability to manipulate videos in her mind was another interesting insight into her world.
Anyone who has any contact with an autistic person should read this book by someone who's spent a lifetime learning about herself.
Grandin is at her best when writing of her personal experiences, which give an insight into autism that can probably not be reached in any way other than hearing the voice of people with this condition (or, more rightly, spectrum of condition). Similarly her capacity to understand others with autism means that she can provide insight from beyond her own direct experience, and I was enthralled by her description of one friend with autism who took years to understand that the meaningless noises his speech therapist insisted on making were in fact a way of conveying meaning to another mind.
She's less engaging when writing about the medicine behind autism and how it might be treated. Whilst a fact-based mind like hers will be drawn to this, it makes for less insightful writing and is possibly double-edged because she's not a medical professional and some of the information in the latter sections may not have the authority it appears to show. it's dIfficult to be confident on that statement because a common theme within the book is that existing medicine and psychology is at an early stage when helping people with autism, but it would probably be wise to treat this part of the book as a useful source of information rather than a definitive guide on how therapies can or should develop.
It's a fascinating book for anyone that could be hugely helpful to anyone with a family member on the autistic spectrum, but the best of it is Grandin herself.
In this book Temple Grandin gives a very clear impression of what it like to think and experience the World and other people with her kind of intensely visual thinking style, and she also offers insights into other kinds of autistic thinking styles, and by contrast into neurotypical thinking and - because it is her area of professional expertise - the insights her autism gives her into the minds of animals, particularly farm animals.
She gives plenty of examples from her own life and experience to illustrate her points, and the book has a number of photographs of Grandin from childhood to womanhood, including a photograph of her in the hugging machine she famously designed, along with photos of some of Grandin's own blueprints for humane and calming cattle-handling systems.
If you yourself are on the autistic spectrum or if a friend or loved one is, this will be a particularly fascinating and enlightening book, written from the inside by a very intelligent woman who has given many years of thought to understanding herself, her condition, and how to explain it to others.
I have given it only four stars because it has one minor fault::it lacks biographical coherence. Temple Grandin offers particular biographical details anecdotally and piece-meal to support specific points and observations she is making but she never gives even a brief over-arching narrative of her complete life, which sometimes makes the book feel a bit fractured..
That said, this is a very positive and empowering book with absolutely nothing of the "misery memoir" about it and I recommend it very strongly.