Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
And Other Reports from My Life with Autism

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Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism—because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.

In this unprecedented book, Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world. What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity.


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About Temple Grandin

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TEMPLE GRANDIN is one of the world's most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several best-selling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards. CATHERINE JOHNSON, Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry and the brain. She cowrote Animals in Translation and served as a trustee of the National Alliance for Autism Research for seven years. She lives with her husband and three sons-two of whom have autism-in New York.
 
Published December 24, 2008 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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A high-functioning autistic, Grandin presents linked articles on her life and her work as an animal scientist.

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In her second autobiographical volume (after Emergence: Labelled Autistic), Grandin, a high-functioning autistic profiled by Oliver Sacks in his recent book, An Anthropologist on Mars, offers a series of original, linked essays on her life and work.

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Autism helps a brilliant woman improve the handling and slaughtering of cattle.

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One of the characteristics of Temple Grandin’s autistic psyche was “I always hated to be hugged.” In Thinking in Pictures she says she hated the experience because it involved just too much stimulation — overload — a “fight or flight” response.

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"I can put myself into a 1,200-pound steer's body," Temple Grandin explains in "Thinking in Pictures."

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Seattle PI

One of the characteristics of Temple Grandin’s autistic psyche was “I always hated to be hugged.” In Thinking in Pictures she says she hated the experience because it involved just too much stimulation — overload — a “fight or flight” response.

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BellaOnline

Chapter one is about autism and visual thought Chapter two is basically the diagnosing of autism Chapter three is about the squeeze machine/sensory problems Chapter four discussed emotions and autism Chapter five is on developing autistic talent Chapter six explores medications and ther...

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