Temple Grandin

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Temple Grandin is an author, lecturer, professor, and animal scientist. She is also autistic. She was diagnosed at age fifteen after she struggled academically and socially. When asked about her reaction to the news, she said she was relieved to know that something was wrong with her because it helped to explain some of the frustrations she was experiencing. She told Dr. Tony Attwood that “it explained why I wasn’t getting along with the other kids at school and I didn’t understand some of the things teenagers did.” (Grandin, 2011, p. xxvi)
But her struggles with autism began many years before she entered high school. She spent much of her childhood being nonverbal and exhibiting many autistic behaviors. However, because of the …show more content…

Although there are uniting factors, particularly in the fields of social and behavioral development, there is an even greater diversity in functionality of people with autism. As a result of this, a nonverbal adult and an award-winning scientist may both have received a diagnosis on the autism spectrum (Grandin, 2011, p. 4). Asperger’s Syndrome is a milder diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The main difference between autism and Asperger’s is that many individuals with Asperger’s show little to no delay in speech. They are often extremely intelligent, usually in one particular field. Despite this, individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome typically struggle socially and have other sensory issues liken to autism. To the untrained eye Asperger’s is less obvious than autism, but a professional can easily decipher the symptoms. Because it is less obvious, many children with Asperger’s syndrome are not diagnosed until age eight or nine as opposed to children with autism who are usually diagnosed by age three or four. Like autism, the label placed on an individual may change over the years because of improvements, but, like autism, it is also a life-long, biomedical condition (Grandin, 2011, p. 8). Grandin believes that the most challenging aspect of autism is the sensory issue that comes with it. Sensory issues, whether it is related to touch, sound, or smell, are variable in nature and they vary on a case-by-case basis. Individuals with autism can

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