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Temple Grandin, American Educator ( August 29, 1947 - )

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I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.~Temple Grandin


Teacher Good Good Teacher

I'm a visual thinker, not a language-based thinker. My brain is like Google Images.~Temple Grandin


Brain Google Visual

A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis.~Temple Grandin


Work Children May

Let's get into talking about how autism is similar animal behavior. The thing is I don't think in a language, and animals don't think in a language. It's sensory based thinking, thinking in pictures, thinking in smells, thinking in touches. It's putting these sensory based memories into categories.~Temple Grandin


Memories Thinking Animal

Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don't have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can't stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there's too much stimulation.~Temple Grandin


Baseball Good School

People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet.~Temple Grandin


Change People Magic

I was so afraid to go out west to my aunt's ranch. But the only choice my mother gave me was to go for two weeks or all summer. I wound up staying all summer. And that's where I learned about cattle. I could relate to their behavior, their fears.~Temple Grandin


Mother Summer Aunt

Mild autism can give you a genius like Einstein. If you have severe autism, you could remain nonverbal. You don't want people to be on the severe end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn't have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social 'yak yaks.'~Temple Grandin


Art Science End

I get satisfaction out of seeing stuff that makes real change in the real world. We need a lot more of that and a lot less abstract stuff.~Temple Grandin


Change World Real

I had people in my life who didn't give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me.~Temple Grandin


Mother Life Teacher

I know a number of autistic adults that are doing extremely well on Prozac.~Temple Grandin


Doing Know Well

There tends to be a lot of autism around the tech centers... when you concentrate the geeks, you're concentrating the autism genetics.~Temple Grandin


You Autism Genetics

I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.~Temple Grandin


Words Remember I Can

One of my sensory problems was hearing sensitivity, where certain loud noises, such as a school bell, hurt my ears. It sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears.~Temple Grandin


School Hurt Problems

Children between the ages of five to ten years are even more variable. They are going to vary from very high functioning, capable of doing normal school work, to nonverbal who have all kinds of neurological problems.~Temple Grandin


Work Children School

Some teachers just have a knack for working with autistic children. Other teachers do not have it.~Temple Grandin


Children Working Teachers

I am much less autistic now, compared to when I was young. I remember some behaviors like picking carpet fuzz and watching spinning plates for hours. I didn't want to be touched. I couldn't shut out background noise. I didn't talk until I was about 4 years old. I screamed. I hummed. But as I grew up, I improved.~Temple Grandin


I Am Remember Young

I think that autistic brains tend to be specialized brains. Autistic people tend to be less social. It takes a ton of processor space in the brain to have all the social circuits.~Temple Grandin


Space People Brain

I think the core criterion is the social awkwardness, but the sensory issues are a serious problem in many, many cases of autism, and they make it impossible to operate in the environment where you're supposed to be social.~Temple Grandin


Environment Impossible You

Autism is a neurological disorder. It's not caused by bad parenting. It's caused by, you know, abnormal development in the brain. The emotional circuits in the brain are abnormal. And there also are differences in the white matter, which is the brain's computer cables that hook up the different brain departments.~Temple Grandin


Parenting Brain White

I like to figure things out and solve problems.~Temple Grandin


Problems Solve Like

I had problems getting my words out. If people spoke directly to me, I understood what they said. But when the grownups got to yakking really fast by themselves, it just sounded like 'oi oi.' I thought grownups had a separate language. I've now figured out I was not hearing the hard consonant sounds.~Temple Grandin


Words People Language

When I was younger, I was looking for this magic meaning of life.~Temple Grandin


Life Meaning Of Life Magic

Research has shown that a barren environment is much more damaging to baby animals than it is to adult animals. It does not hurt the adult animals the same way it damages babies.~Temple Grandin


Hurt Baby Environment

Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley.~Temple Grandin


You Think Stone

I am also a believer in an integrated treatment approach to autism.~Temple Grandin


I Am Autism Approach