Dr Temple Grandin is a Professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, an autism expert, an author and has Asperger’s. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for designing cattle equipment on the basis of animal welfare. Dr.Temple Grandin is living proof that autism can be modified and controlled.
Dr. Temple Grandin is my hero of the year and she is a senior citizen. She has brought hope and possibility thinking to the new age of autism. Temple was born in 1947 and she was the typical autistic child who couldn’t talk. The doctor told Eustacia Cutler, Temple’s mother to put her in an institution, her mother refused. Eustacia taught Temple and sent her to regular school. She also had a nanny, a neurologist and private schools with the best teachers. Temple was diagnosed with Aspergers, this is a spectrum of high functioning autism.
My nephew Mark is 42 and a high functioning autistic. He also attended regular school and graduated from high school. I can remember when doctors told mothers of an autistic child they were not loving enough. The theory was that the mother was cold and did not touch the child. My sister Ruby was the kindest, most loving mother to Mark. She took care of him until she passed away at 74. Aspergers don’t want to be touched. They don’t make eye contact.
>Listening to Dr. Grandin speak I can understand so much more about autism. She said she always thought in pictures. She thought everyone thought that way. She invented a hugging machine for herself in high school. When she had an anxiety attack she would get in this wooden contraption she designed and constructed, and squeeze herself a hug. It would calm her. She learned this by observing cows. She found that cows went in circles in order to make themselves less tense before they were zapped for slaughter. This troubled her greatly. She saw pictures in her head of the cows and how they were in turmoil. She invented a new way for cows to go in a single line instead of the confusion of many forced rows.She was an advocate for the cows, as well as other animals.
She loved horses and she loved to ride. “Find something that interests the child,’ she said.
Aspergers have a high intelligence with poor social skills and the inability to to relate to people. This is a high functioning spectrum of autism. They are ‘things “oriented and are sensitive to light and sounds. They line up objects. My grandson John, who has Asperger’s took all my shoes out of the closet and lined them up perfectly. He enjoyed doing this over and over.
Dr.Temple Grandin has been on The Today Show, 20/20, NPR and many others. She has written numerous books on Autism and humane treatment of animals. She had a New York Times best seller.
Dr.Grandin stated she was taught manners in the 1950’s and to listen. She was taught not to interrupt the class.
Some adults were misdiagnosed as children as hyperactive, ADHD, and with Behavior Disorders. Today, a lot of these adults are being diagnosed in middle age as having Asperger’s, or Aspie’s for short.
On August 29, 2010 the 62 ND Annual Prime time Emmy Awards of The HBO film of Temple Grandin received most of the major awards in their category. Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Camera Editing, Best Director, Best Music Composition, Best Lead Actress, Best Lead Actor. Dr.Temple Grandin and her mom Eustacia Cutler were honored. Claire Danes did a superb job as she took on the role of Temple Grandin. Mick Jackson was the movie director. The DVD has recently been released. It is awesome! Check it out!
Dr.Temple Grandin Future Horizons Conference 1 -800-489-0727. This will be an unprecedented new conference format. New research and new inventions in medicine and education will be introduced.
www.autisminspiration.com, www.grandin.com, also Temple Grandin on DVD