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
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Foreword by Oliver Sacks.
Temple Grandin was the subject of a BBC Horizon special, The Woman Who Thinks Like a CowSee all Product Description
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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.
She helps 'normal' peolpe to understand some of the difficulties that autistic people have in communicating and understanding the world around them.
The writer proves how being autistic need not be a barrier in achieving in life.
An interesting account for all readers.
Tiny things in the book were enormously helpful to me. At one point Grandin says that she finds books or films about relationships boring or confusing. In the TV documentary on her she said she would prefer to watch Wallace and Grommit. Ditto - and it was very cheering to find that I am not alone in that idiosyncrasy :-)
It's hard to convey just how helpful such biographies are to those of us who have struggled, even with the mildest manifestations of autism.
The book weaves together accounts of Grandin's life and the development of knowledge about autism. Its eleven chapters are organized by autism topics and cover visual thinking, diagnosis, sensory problems, emotion, developing talents, treatments, relationships, connecting with animals, animal thinking, autism and genius, and religion. Temple Grandin provides a clear, readable account of scientific findings supplemented by experiences from her life. This expanded version includes updated information about autism spectrum causes, diagnosis, and treatment that have become available since the book was originally published in 1996.
The author is candid about her life's hard-won lessons. She also shares the things which bring her the greatest satisfaction and what these insights may mean for others. A sample:
- Her innovative design of a "squeeze machine" to restrain cattle is based on how calming she found gentle pressure as a child.
- Temple visualized large transitions in her life as stepping through a doorway--and often found an actual doorway to step through and reduce the stress of change.
- One way to get a feel for visual, associational thinking is to play with the Google search engine for images.
- Autistic fixations are not always a problem; some people are able to channel them into successful careers.Read more ›
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Essential read to know more about Autism...My son is and it is very helful to me.Published 4 months ago by Ana
Incredible. Well written, and really speaks clearly about the range of symptoms as well as her experiences. It's a fascinating insight into the workings of a very different mind.Published 10 months ago by N. C. Sokolic
I read this book in order to understand a person with ASD who said to me ' I bolt from people for reasons that make sense to me, the way a horse bolts from a plastic bag in the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ADAM LOCKSLEY
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