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Temple Grandinís Thinking In Pictures provides a unique insight into the mind of a person with autism. Grandinís experiences have granted her the opportunity to meet with many different people on the autism spectrum, and she shares their stories and works through her book. Thinking in Picutres is a nice indoctrination into the world of autism for parents, teachers, researchers, and the curious consumer. Grandin offers tips for all people that are potentially involved in the life of a person with autism, and she cites extensive resources that are both technical and non-technical in nature.
What may be of particular interest to scholars of thought and thought processes is Grandinís particular conceptualization of thinking. Grandinís ability to be metacognitive is beyond the capabilities of most people without autism. She is able to communicate to the reader how she understood the world without having a concept of language from an early age. She thought it was ridiculous that some scientists thought that humans had to develop language before they could develop tools, and this is when she first realized that her thought processes were truly different from so many other people. However, Grandin is quick to point out that though she processes information visually, this is not the case for all people with autism and the reader should not assume as much.
Parents and teachers will find the sections on sensory problems, developing talent, and relationships of great interest when it comes to integrating children with autism into school settings successfully. Grandin stresses the idea that all children with autism fall on different parts of the spectrum, and what might be problems for some will be solutions for others. She warns that neither is there one solution to fix autism or the symptoms that come with it, nor should one want to do so. Grandin states that had she the choice to cease being autistic, she would turn it down; it is part of her identity.
The idea that each child with autism is a unique case is stressed throughout the book. This is important for professionals from teachers to physicians who work with this population of children to note. Grandin offers tips and tricks from adapting classroom settings to adjusting medications all while integrating the story of her life growing up and coming to terms with her own autism. Thinking in Pictures does not deliver false hope to parents of children on the autism spectrum. Grandin is adamant that without the support system she had growing up and the specific teachers and experiences to which she was privy, she may not be the person she is today. She acknowledges that there are great traits associated with autism, and without those traits the world would be quite a boring place. However, there are those on the autism spectrum that will not be able to achieve what Grandin has. By the end of the book, Ms. Grandin has shown that everyone involved in the life of a child with autism must be involved in interventions (the earlier the better), and that it is up to them to continue to try combinations of therapies, medications, interactions, and settings to find what works. She warns that there is no miracle cure, and she acknowledges that she is one of the lucky ones.
 

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The author tells her life story of living with autism and the abilities she uses to cope with it.

Excellent book from an Autistic person

User Review  - antiquerestorer - Walmart

I have an autistic son who is now 21. I was able to meet the author at a seminar in Atlanta. Reading this book gave me an insight into how my son was thinking. I liked it so much that this is proably ... Read full review

Review: Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism

User Review  - Buggz79 - Goodreads

Temple Gardin's candin sharing of the Autism experience is an invaluable insight into the working of the Autistic mind. Her experiences give me hope that those in my life living with Autism can have a full and productive life. Read full review

Review: Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

User Review  - Marcy - Goodreads

Temple Grandin made it very clear how autism affected her as a child and as an adult. She was lucky to have her mom's, her aunt's, and teachers' help to help Temple through the hard times. Being a ... Read full review

Review: Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

User Review  - Val Burstein - Goodreads

I learned so much about autism from this book, how they think, the mechanisms Grandin uses to make the best of her situation, the positive aspects of autism, etc. She is an inspiring woman who should be learned from! Read full review

Review: Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

User Review  - Amal Nadhreen - Goodreads

Very touching. Read full review

Review: Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

Temple Grandin is a gifted translator to "normal" people, communicating the differences in the autistic thought process. Clearly, she is a messenger of hope to many. I often found myself marveling at ... Read full review

Review: Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Excellent book. It really opened my eyes to how someone with autism sees the world & how we can help them. Having some in my family on the autism spectrum, this was a really helpful book. Read full review

Review: Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism

User Review  - Annmarie Duchon - Goodreads

I found interviews with Temple and hearing her speak about her experience more helpful than this book. Regardless, it is still highly recommended. She is a rare outspoken person who has revolutionized how folks with autism are understood. Read full review


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