Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Autism: Unlocking Potential

Hear how autism influenced her work.


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A Gift

Temple Grandin does not regret being autistic; in fact, she considers her autism a gift. Should we be trying to “cure” autism or instead focus our efforts on acceptance and accommodations?


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02/11 at 01:42 PM
from New Jersey

I worked for 27 years in a public school preschool disabled class.  I am not sure we should be trying to “cure” autism, but it would be wonderful if we knew what caused it.  I think that the potential of all people identified with an autistic spectrum disorder should be maximized.  Early identification and intervention are of utmost importance. I have encountered parents who have questioned providing early intervention for a child who might not be autistic.  My response has always been that intervention that, in retrospect. was not needed is harmless.  However, missing the opportunity for intervention that could or should have been provided can not be undone.

Leslie
02/19 at 12:29 PM

It doesn’t make sense to deprive an admittedly oversensitive, intelligent child of a mainstream education just because their parents wanted an airheaded social butterfly.

Where would Dr. Grandin be if she had 12 years of social skills training instead of a good solid education?

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02/21 at 08:36 PM
from 15825

Dear Staff:

Patty Satalia did a marvelous job w/ the Grandin interview.

I will be sharing the DVD with many.

Shalom!
bob

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02/22 at 09:28 AM
from Central PA

What an excellent interview with Dr Grandin. We all fall short in some aspects of our lives, it’s keying on our strong points that make us whole and successful. We all have our Crosses to carry, Dr Grandin, is one fine example of how to do so.
Keep it coming, Patty!
Jim…

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02/22 at 11:29 PM
from CAMBRIA COUNTY

caught the Grandin/Satalia conversations….I WAS LOCKED TO THE TV…......WHAT AN AMAZING LADY…TEMPLE ONLY GETS BETTER WITH AGE….LOOKING AT AUTISM FROM THE INSIDE OUT IS SUCH A VALUABLE TOOL…..WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE HER HELP…I HAVE SEEN HER AT CONFERENCES IN PAST YEARS….SHE GIVES MY WIFE AND I HOPE FOR OUR SON JARED WHO HAS MODERATE TO SEVERE AUTISM….HE IS NOW AGE 23 AND STILL AT HOME..
THANKS TO PATTY SATALIA FOR DOING SUCH A GREAT INTERVIEW..I APPRECIATED IT IMMENSLY!!!

Special Needs Parenting
02/23 at 02:02 PM

This is a great video!  Really impressive production value…felt like I was watching Charlie Rose!

It was interesting to hear about Grandin’s experience growing up as a child, and how Autism was considered an emotional disorder in the 1950s.

I came away not only with a better understanding for Temple Grandin, but also realized this is a great resource for parents trying to understand how the Autistic mind works. The video is not heavy on science jargon, and talks in a very down to earth manner.

Thanks for this great contribution.  We posted a blog entry about the video here: http://www.ellasgardenblog.com/2010/02/temple-grandin-autism-awareness-and.html

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02/26 at 08:26 PM
from Louisiana

This woman…has common sense answers to problems that plague children with autism and children without autism….She is one smart cookie

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03/07 at 03:39 AM
from Mesa, AZ

This woman is an inspiration - no matter what subject she’s speaking on, she has and is living a beautiful life of meaning.
THANK YOU Ms. Grandin!! 
I’m so grateful for you!
Stacy Kidd

Mary Wills Funari
03/18 at 02:16 PM
from New Jersey

I have been following Temple Grandin for many years and have heard her speak at a conference.  This interview was fabulous and allowed me to get to know her on a more personal level.  She has definitely gotten better with age, and seemed so relaxed during the conversation.  I admire her incredible mind so much and appreciate her willingness to share her life with others for the benefit of all.  Her message to parents of autistic and all special needs children is clear - keep emphasizing and developing your child’s strengths and believing in the potential of the human brain.  I congratulate you on this fine interview.

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03/29 at 02:47 PM
from wisconsin

I love the interview.  It was like the story of my life and the stories of my children’s lives.  I love the term “specialist mind”.  Its a hard life and being validated means the world!

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04/21 at 11:51 PM
from North Carolina

Temple has talked about Sensory problems a lot in this interview.  How can we get this in the hands of Health Insurance Companies so that they will cover Sensory Integration therapy for Children???  My child visits an Occupational therapist, which we get 20 visits covered, but there is no coverage for Sensory Integration Therapy, so that even though my son really is craving to be able spin on a swing, the therapist can’t do but maybe 5 minutes of it because they would have to charge for it. 

Please get this information to the Health Insurance Companies!!!

Dianna Woodley
04/26 at 04:54 PM
from Wildomar Ca

I give away harps to special need children the tones calm and soothe. I was told growing up in the 60’s that I was stupid I also is very sensitive.
I also see pictures and to get the image out of my head to works sometimes is difficult I was also always, told I was different and not capable of anything. I want to also give back to special need children and give away Harps.
Thank you for the movie, this movie helped my future husband understand me better.
blessings
Dianna

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05/02 at 08:29 AM
from Mass

I think its humurous that people look at us like were missing something in life. All autistic children are very much alert and aware, they’re just trapped. The only thing we “lack” is communication which NT’s can understand. I read how parents were given “hope” by Temple, thats great but why are you lacking hope in the first place? Your child just needs a way to communicate, you’d be surprised how actually “normal” they are. Think of us a different species…were not incapable of anything…we just see the world differently than you, and you see the world differently than us.

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ABOUT THE EPISODE

One of the most internationally recognized autistics and a renowned expert in animal science talks about her life with autism and its influence on her work. She also discusses the new HBO movie based on her autobiography.

Download the transcript.

For a captioned version of this interview, go to YouTube.

ABOUT THE GUEST

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and has designed half of all the cattle-handling equipment for meat plants in the United States.

Grandin is an accomplished author who was diagnosed with autism at age three. She has become an advocate for individuals across the autistic spectrum.

Multimedia
Books
  • Thinking in Pictures (Read an Excerpt)
  • Animals in Translation
  • Livestock Handling and Transport
  • Emergence: Labeled Autistic
  • Animals Make Us Human

PENN STATE CONNECTION

WHERE TO WATCH

Big Ten Network

Monday, February 8 at 3pm
Tuesday, February 9 at 3am

WPSU

Thursday, February 18 at 9pm

ABOUT THE HOST

Veteran interviewer Patty Satalia hosts in-depth conversations with a broad range of remarkable people.


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