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An interesting autobiography of an autistic women who has achieved much in her career as a brilliant scientist in animal husbandry, who has designed machinery to make the slaughter of cattle, less terrifying and painful to the animals.She provides insights into autism, but tends to generalize, describing some of her own experiences and conditions, as being general to all autistic, where they are not always so not all of her generalizations are correct , and the limitation in relationships she ascribes are not true for all who have these disorders.Nonetheless there is valuable information here about autism, as well as milder related disorders such as Aspergers syndrome, and the difficulties these lead to in social lives and careers.She also highlights those who have suffered from such abilities or parts thereof, but have still achieved much, including Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and Vincent Van Gogh. Temple Grandin, PhD 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 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 visual learner, Temple has a memory which retains visual pictures in her head like a CD She has a video library in her head with all of her memories She uses these videos to create livestock design projects and humane facilities for cattle Temple has always identified with animals, in their thinking and their behavior As a child, she was like an animal that had no instincts to guide her She learned by trial and error All her life, she has been an observer, always on the outside Temple did not know how to calm herself when she was young She hated being hugged It was too overwhelming Temple, craving pressure to calm her down, designed a device, much like a cattle squeeze chute that she saw at her aunt s ranch in Arizona She would lie in the squeeze chute and start to play with the pressure that would give her the most comfort For the first time, Temple became relaxed, calm, and serene This was Temple s first connection between cows and herself Cows relax in these squeeze chutes before they receive vaccinations Temple described fully how the fear impulses that autistic people feel are much like the same fear impulses that cattle and animals feels Animals flee when they see predators Cattle and sheep have supersensitive hearing High pitched sounds are disturbing to them The same kinds of sounds that upset cattle are the same kinds of sounds that are unbearable to many autistic children with overly sensitive hearing With a cow s view and her connection to animals, Temple has helped improve the treatment of animals before slaughter But even than this being her legacy of which she is most proud, Temple helps teachers understand the importance of understanding autistic children Teachers need to help autistic children develop their talents I think there is too much emphasis on deficits and not enough emphasis on developing abilities For example, ability in art often shows up at an early age Autistic people s fixations can be their way to achieve some social life and friends A fascination with computers and programming can provide social contacts with other computer people Problems that autistic people have with eye contact and awkward gestures are not visible on the Internet The computer world is a way for autistic people to not have to spend so much time concentrating on trying to talk normally.I had no idea that Einstein had, and Bill Gates has, a form of autism There are so many variations of autism Temple was helped by people, and later on with medication She lectures and writes books I was very moved by Temple s life, her perspectives, her unique brilliance, and her willingness to share her life with others. Saw her on C Span in an hour and a half long sit down w Steve It s still up Moved me to tears, am dyslexic, and loved her characterization of our difficulties She s a treasure Too many of my friends have born children who are somewhere on the spectrum I ve been promoting her, and gifting her books to them, in hopes that they ll hear her central message, which is people on the spectrum only ever get better. I give this book one star I know most people will probably disagree strongly with me, but I found this to be a difficult and tedious read While I admire Temple for her talent, ingenuity, courage and determination in pursuing her education and career goals, I find her writing to be all over the place, rambling, difficult to follow and limited in that she makes sweeping generalizations about autistic people, based on her own personal experience of course What she fails to realize is that not all autistic people are like her Not all autistic people are visual learners, they all don t think in pictures This is of course, one of the ironies with autistics their own theory of mind issues come in to play in their writing about autism If you want to read a good book written by someone with autism aspergers, read Born on A Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet, or Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything, by a delightful boy named Kenneth Hall There are many others too. Temple Grandin s book Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism is certainly a unique book Grandin writes in simple, understandable prose about how she and others with autism cope with life She describes the difficulties she has had with social encounters, and how she has learned how to relate to others on an intellectual, rather emotional level Grandin has a Ph.D in animal science She has made a career of designing equipment for handling livestock.Grandin describes how she thinks in pictures rather than in words , and how that casts a strong influence on how she deals with life She thinks that this type of thinking is probably analogous to how animals think She describes how she gets into the minds of cattle, and finds ways to help them humanely and with respect Grandin also has a strong philosophical bent she describes how she thinks about the killing of animals for the meat industry The book is a bit repetitive and not well organized that is the only reason why I have not given it 5 stars The only part of the book that was a bit boring to me was a chapter in the middle, about various medications used for autism Toward the end of the book, she discussing a wide range of interesting scientific topics like Maxwell s demon, and the relation between quantum mechanics and neurons and various famous individuals who may have had some mild autistic traits Einstein, Sagan, Feynman to name a few. The tragedy of this book is that even as Temple Grandin s crusade to help slaughter farm animals humanely led to many changes, I tend to doubt these changes are still in effect Particularly management imparting a sense of care and concern for the animals I live near a plant she designed This plant, until a year ago, was staffed by many illegal immigrants Many of the current staff are Monolinguals non English And some from cultures that do not revere and in fact mutilate female human beings, let alone respect animals Feel good people reading this may be offended, but it is the truth and these are people I deal with every day I could, because I do business with this plant, probably take a tour if I wanted to But I m too gutless no pun intended Temple Grandin s description of kosher slaughter is extremely disturbing, and I m giving four stars for the last two chapters alone The rest of the book was, sadly, in need of guidance or editing There was, as mentioned in other reviews, endless repetition She did good work I wonder if anyone ever bothers to check that it s being continued. I have to admit, I didn t read this book because I particularly wanted to As a parent of an autistic child, many well meaning people will ask, Do you know about Temple Grandin I initially picked up the book just so I could say that I was familiar with her, and had read some of her work I didn t expect to actually enjoy the book as much as I did Dr Grandin writes in a very straight forward, no nonsense fashion that I really found easy to follow She does a fantastic job of explaining how her thought processes work, and how it may be similar to other people on the autistic spectrum Since autism is such a wide spectrum disorder, much of what she writes about simply doesn t match my daughter at all, however some of the behaviors and idiosyncrasies that Dr Grandin describes match pretty closely, and gave me a little insight as to how my daughter may be feeling during times of stress I think this is a very good source for someone seeking insight and understanding of those on the autistic spectrum. This is a good, not great, book So why 4 stars and not 3 The subject matter I have never seen someone better walk through Autism and the way autistic people think and relate it so clearly to the way normal folks think If you re interested in how people think which I am or you simply know someone with Autism, then this book is a must read Temple Grandin lays out her book in a series of essays that hit topics like the different kinds of ways people think, and in depth look at Visual Thought, sensory issues that people with autism go through, how autistic people perceive emotions, the kind of jobs an autistic person is good at, the kind of relationships they can have, and so much Peppered throughout is Temple Grandin s love of cows and other animals but mostly cows She s made her career helping ranchers, butchers, and milkers keep their animals calm and cooperative It s interesting stuff, for sure.So what drops this book down to good and not great The writing style is somewhat awkward Grandin does a good job explaining things, but she does it by taking this story and that story and this other story and just kind of telling them one after another This, in all honesty, is a fantastic picture of what she s trying to explain to the non autistic reader people with autism think and process differently This is how she processes this kind of information But because of it, the book can feel disconnected at times and even within a single paragraph she jumps around in a way that left me wanting from an earlier thread There is also no specific end to the book It s just kind of over after the last essay which was somewhat awkward Still, the information here is invaluable While I didn t take too many notes, I m also not a father of an autistic child and am not very close with anyone who has autism Were those things to change, I would pick this book back up and scour it inch by inch But until that day, I ll simply think on the many insights Grandin has offered here in this book and hope it helps me become gracious to those who think and perceive the world differently than me. This is a fascinating book written by a woman with high functioning autism Temple Grandin describes her life struggles and triumphs Her unique way of thinking allows her to really identify with animals and to be able to look at situations from their point of view This talent has allowed her to design very humane slaughterhouses for cattle She has revolutionized the cattle industry in the US with her designs, which are also being widely copied Grandin has an analytical mind and earnest feelings She examines herself, autism, and her world I learned a lot from this book I kept thinking about my friends who have children with autism, Asbergers, and other such conditions I really liked the way this book unlocked some of their world Grandin s example encourages us to value people in all their complexity and variety and to seek to understand them better She said I don t want my thoughts to die with me I want to have done something I want to know that my life has meaning I m talking about things at the very core of my existence What an amazing woman