The captivating subject of Oliver Sack’s “Anthropologist on Mars, here is Temple Grandin’s personal account of living with autism extraordinary gift of animal empathy has transformed her world and ours.
Temple Grandin is renowned throughout the world as a designer of livestock holding equipment. Her unique empathy for animals has her to create systems which are humane and cruel free, setting the highest standards for the industry the treatment and handling of animals. She also happens to be autistic. Here, in Temple Grandin’s own words, is the story what it is like to live with autism. Temple is among the few people who have broken through many the neurological impairments associated with autism. Throughout her life, she has developed unique coping strategies, including her famous “squeeze machine,” modeled after seeing the calming effect squeeze chutes on cattle. She describes her pain isolation growing up “different” and her discovery visual symbols to interpret the “ways of the natives” “Thinking in Pictures also gives information from the frontlines of autism, including treatme medication, and diagnosis, as well as Temple’s insight into genius, savants, sensory phenomena, etc. Ultimately, it is Temple’s unique ability describe the way her visual mind works and how she first made the connection between her impairment and animal temperament that is the basis of extraordinary gift and phenomenal success.