Temple Grandin

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Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Chapter 1: OverviewTemple Grandin was born August 29, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autism activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also created the "hug box", a device to calm children with autism.

Watch this documentary about Temple and Autism.

Chapter 2: Early LifeTemple was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. She had delayed speech development as a child, as she did not begin talking until the age of four. Due to her poor conversational skills, Grandin has said that middle and high school were the most unpleasant times of her life. She was the "nerdy kid" whom everyone ridiculed and she dealt with bullying. At times, when she walked down the hallways, her fellow students would taunt her by saying "tape recorder" because she would repeat herself constantly. Grandin states, "I could laugh about it now, but back then it really hurt."

Chapter 3: Education After graduating from Hampshire Country School, which was a boarding school for gifted children in Rindge, New Hampshire, Grandin went on to earn her bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970. She then went on to earn a master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975. In 1989, she also completed her doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chapter 4: Views on AutismGrandin bases her views on autism from personal experiences and research. She advocates early intervention to address autism. As a partial proponent of neurodiversity, Grandin has expressed that she would not support a cure of the entirety of the autism spectrum. She encourages supportive teachers who can direct fixations of a child with autism in positive directions. Understanding the individual child is key to directing them towards success. She described her hypersensitivity to noise and other sensory stimuli and explained how she is a primarily visual thinker. She has said that words are her second language, after pictures. Temple attributes her success as a humane livestock facility designer to her ability to recall detail, a characteristic of her visual memory. She used her visualization skills to design thoughtful and humane animal-handling equipment. Her insight into the minds of cattle, due to the similarity in their thinking patterns, has taught her to value the changes in details to which animals are particularly sensitive.

Chapter 5: HonorsIn 2010, Grandin was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category.She received a Double Helix Medal in 2011. She has received honorary degrees from many universities including Carnegie Mellon University in the United States (2012), McGill University in Canada (1999), and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2009).

Scroll through the chapters to learn all about Temple's life!

Chapter 6: Pop CultureGrandin is the focus of a semi-biographical HBO film starring Claire Danes, titled Temple Grandin. The movie was released in 2010. It received 15 Emmy nominations and five awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama. Coincidentally, the 2010 Emmy Awards happened on Grandin's birthday. She was on stage as the award was accepted, and spoke briefly to the audience.

Bibliographic Information:(2012). People and programs: Temple grandin Retrieved from: http://www.colostate.edu/templegrandin/(2013). The woman who thinks like a cow [Motion Picture]. Science World. Retrieved from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtdTuZp1k5g#t=682Jackson, M. (2010). Temple Grandin [Motion Picture]. United States: Austin StudiosGrandin, Temple (2012). Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Website. Retrieved from: http://templegrandin.com/templehome.html

Temple: The Outstanding CitizenTemple Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Grandin is a highly sought after speaker, lecturing around the world on autism and livestock handling. Grandin's insights into animal behavior and her innovations in livestock handling have revolutionized food-animal welfare. Additionally, Grandin has also inspired people around the world as a champion for individuals with autism and their families. Glossary of Terms:Autism: a developmental disorder that usually appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's development, typically affecting social and communication skills.

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