Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition : My Life with Autism
Originally published in 1995 as an unprecedented look at autism, Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person to give a report from "the country of autism." Introducing a groundbreaking model which analyzes people based on their patterns of thought, Grandin "charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
For the new edition, Grandin has written a new afterword addressing recent developments in the study of autism, including new diagnostic criteria, advancements in genetic research, updated tips, insights into working with children and young people with autism, and more.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 132 x 202 x 17mm | 318g
- 10 Jan 2006
- Random House USA Inc
- Vintage Books
- New York, United States
- Expanded ed.
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.
"From the Hardcover edition.
Table of contents
Foreword by Oliver Sacks
1. Thinking in Pictures: Autism and Visual Thought
2. The Great Continuum: Diagnosing Autism
3. The Squeeze Machine: Sensory Problems in Autism
4. Learning Empathy: Emotion and Autism
5. The Ways of the World: Developing Autistic Talent
6. Believer in Biochemistry: Medications and New Treatments
7. Dating Data: Autism and Relationships
8. A Cow's Eye View: Connecting with Animals
9. Artists and Accountants: An Understanding of Animal Thought
10. Einstein's Second Cousin: The Link Between Autism and Genius
11. Stairway to Heaven: Religion and Belief
There are innumerable astounding facets to this remarkable book. . . . Displaying uncanny powers of observation . . . [Temple Grandin] charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words. -The Philadelphia Inquirer
"I hardly know what to say about this remarkable book. . . It provides a way to understand the many kinds of sentience, human and animal, that adorn the earth." -Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
About Temple Grandin