THINKING IN PICTURES: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

An extraordinary view into the workings of an autistic mind. Grandin, a professor of animal behavior (Colorado State Univ.) and a world-renowned designer of livestock equipment, attributes her creativity, technical skills and understanding of animals to the autism that has set her apart from most of human society. Unlike the rest of us, Grandin does not think in words. As she describes it, she has ... Read full review

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User Review  - MichaelRWolf - LibraryThing

Summary: Wait for the *graphic* novel. No doubt, Temple has triumphed over her "disability", turning it around to a strength. Unfortunately, the book amplifies it as a weakness. About 25% through, her ... Read full review

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User Review  - herdingcats - LibraryThing

Temple Grandin, the author of this book, has the asperger's form of autism. She has a Ph.D. in animal science and compares the thinking process of autistic people to that of animals. She explains how ... Read full review

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User Review  - mullinator52 - LibraryThing

A fascinating trip into the mind of someone with autism, Dr. Temple Grandin, She describes how she thinks and how it effects or job(s), workplace and daily life. The only downpoint I felt was for ... Read full review

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User Review  - shigaki - LibraryThing

Not what I had expected. More a book on understanding autism, it's treatment and understanding the varying behaviors that cover a wider spectrum than I could have imagined. Not a biography, more of a handbook covering the basics of autism. Read full review

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User Review  - nevusmom - LibraryThing

What an incredible book. The author is an autistic woman who has managed to overcome her condition and carve out a career for herself first in livestock management, and now as an author. Her personal ... Read full review

Temple Grandin DVD

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I had looked all over for this movie as I have an autistic grandson. The price was very high except at I was so thrilled to receive this DVD at a wonderful price and in such a timely manner Thank you overstock!! Read full review

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Temple Grandin’s Thinking In Pictures provides a unique insight into the mind of a person with autism. Grandin’s 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 Grandin’s particular conceptualization of thinking. Grandin’s 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.

Review: Thinking In Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism

User Review  - Tory Anderson - Goodreads

High rating not because it was a masterpiece overall -- I sped-read the bulk of the book -- but it provides valuable insight into human nature. My great take-home message was that there are autistic ... Read full review

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