Synopses & Reviews
In this innovative book, Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and a great deal of research. These are just some of the specific topics Temple delves into:
- How and Why People with Autism Think Differently
- Economical Early Intervention Programs that Work
- How Sensory Sensitivities Affect Learning
- Behaviors Caused by a Disability vs. Just Bad Behaviors
- Teaching People with Autism to Live in an Unpredictable World
- Alternative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
- Employment Ideas for Adults with Autism
This revised and expanded edition contains revisions based on the most current autism research, as well as 14 additional articles including:
- The Role of Genetics and Environmental Factors in Causing Autism
- Understanding the Mind of a Nonverbal Person with Autism
- Finding Mentors and Appropriate Colleges
- And many more!
"This book is insightful, helpful, and hopeful—just like the woman who wrote it! It is a 'how-to' guide that I am confident will leave any reader feeling both informed and inspired.” --Emily Gerson Saines, Executive Producer of the Emmy award-winning HBO movie Temple Grandin
“Every school, large or small, with the responsibility of educating children with autism or Asperger’s needs the guidance this book offers. . . . every parent will find within these pages golden nuggets of advice, encouragement, and hope to fuel their day-to-day journey through their child’s autism. . . . The wisdom she offers through this book and its personal reflections on autism will, I’m sure, ring true for many more decades to come.” --Ruth Christ Sullivan, first elected president of the Autism Society of America
In this revised and expanded edition of the 2008 bestseller, Dr. Temple Grandin, the world's most famous person with autism, reveals the secrets of her success! But this isn't a mushy memoir. Temple gets down to the REAL issues of autism—the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and a great deal of research. Temple delves into: How People with Autism Think, Early Intervention Strategies that Work, Behavior Explanations and Solutions, Alternative Medicine, Employment Ideas, and much more!
About the Author
As a child, Temple Grandin could not speak. Her silent existence was broken only by rhythmic rocking and occasional fits of screaming and thrashing. Temple’s many caregivers eventually helped her contradict her doctors’ pessimistic predictions and go on to become one of the autism community’s most beloved success stories. Temple Grandin, PhD, is a popular international lecturer on autism and the author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make Us Human, and The Way I See It. One of the world’s leading experts in livestock facility design, over half of the cattle in North America are handled in facilities designed by her. She credits her visual thinking and her systemizing mind, both characteristics of autism, for her ability to be “the woman who thinks like a cow.” Now the subject of the acclaimed 2010 HBO movie based on her life, and recently named a "hero" of 2010 in Time
magazine's list of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Temple continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions.
Table of Contents
Foreword For Readers New to Autism Tony and Temple: Face to Face Introduction Chapter 1: Diagnosis and Early InterventionDo Not Get Hung Up on LabelsEconomical Quality Programs for Young Children with ASDDifferent Types of Thinking in AutismHigher Expectations Yield Results Chapter 2: Teaching and EducationAutism the Way I See ItThe Importance of Developing TalentTeaching People with Autism/Asperger’s to be More FlexibleTeaching Concepts to Children with AutismMotivating StudentsGetting Kids Turned on to ReadingThe Importance of Practical Problem-Solving SkillsTurning Video Game Obsession into Learning Chapter 3: Sensory IssuesVisual Processing Problems in AutismAuditory Problems in AutismIncorporating Sensory Integration into Your Autism ProgramThe Effect of Sensory Perceptual Difficulties on Learning Styles Chapter 4: Understanding Nonverbal AutismYou Asked Me!Tito Lives in a World of Sensory ScramblingSolving Behavior Problems in Nonverbal Individuals with AutismWhole-Task Teaching for Individuals with Severe Autism Chapter 5: Behavior IssuesDisability versus Just Bad BehaviorsMy Experience with Teasing and BullyingRudeness is InexcusableAutism and Religion: Teach Goodness Chapter 6: Social FunctioningInsights into Autistic Social ProblemsLearning Social RulesEmotional Differences Among Individuals with Autism or Asperger’sHealthy Self-EsteemFour Cornerstones of Social Awareness Chapter 7: Medications and Biomedical TherapyAlternative versus Conventional MedicineEvaluating TreatmentsMedication Usages: Risk versus Benefit Decisions Chapter 8: Cognition and Brain ResearchLose the Social Skills, Gain Savant Skills?People on the Spectrum Focus on DetailsThe Extreme Male Theory of AutismDetect Babies at Risk for Developing Autism with Head MeasurementsThinking in DetailsA Look Inside the Visual-Thinking BrainBrain Cortex Structure Similar in Brilliant Scientists and Autism Chapter 9: Adult Issues and EmploymentEmployment Advice: Tips on Getting and Holding a JobHappy People on the Autism SpectrumHave Satisfying Jobs or HobbiesInside or Outside? The Autism/Asperger’s CultureGoing to College: Tips for People with Autism and Asperger’sCan My Adolescent Drive a Car?Wall Street Journal Social StoriesInnovative Thinking Paves the Way for AS Career SuccessThe Link Between Autism Genetics and Genius Bibliography Index