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User Review  - KamGeb - LibraryThing

Temple Grandin is a fascinating person. As with all her writing, there are a lot of interesting facts. She has a unique perspective, being a well-spoken autistic adult. It's a dense book, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

3.5 stars Temple Grandin is autistic, and grew up to earn a PhD in animal science. This book is an autobiography combined with information on autism, with plenty of animal anecdotes thrown in, as well ... Read full review

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User Review  - JenniferRobb - LibraryThing

Despite the fact that I probably relate more to this style of thinking than I did to the other memoir on autism that I read recently, I found it harder to be engaged with this book. There seemed to be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Wow. We learn about Grandin, and autism, and cattle handling, and the cognitive abilities of other animals.... Fascinating and enlightening - especially recommended for parents and teachers. Read full review

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User Review  - slsmith101 - LibraryThing

After reading this book, I not only have a better understanding of how the autistic brain works but also how my own normal(?) brain works. It was very clearly written and even though it was ... Read full review

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User Review  - sriemann - LibraryThing

Covered many of the same topics and stories as the HBO movie, but had updated information, and went into more detail about how to deal with autistic individuals in many different situations. Read full review

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User Review  - ThePinesLibrary - LibraryThing

This book offers Temple Grandin's insights into autism and the way people with autism think and act. Shows how Temple Grandin managed to move beyond the confines set by autism and function independently. This title is also available as an eBook from HighLife Highland Libraries. Read full review

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User Review  - TerriBooks - LibraryThing

The book tries to do two things -- present the author's experiences as a person with autism and educate about autism diagnoses, treatment, and education. I think both are fine, I just don't think they ... 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.

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