Temple Grandin Essay

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Temple Grandin “Sometimes we forget about common sense. Autism is used too much as an excuse for bad behavior.” –Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become an expert in the field of animal husbandry. She developed an interest in cattle early in life with spending time at her Aunt and Uncle’s ranch. She did don’t speak until age four and had diffulty right through high school, mostly in dealing with people. Her mother was very supportive as were her teachers. She is noted for creating her “huge box”, widely recognized today as a way of relieving stress and humane design for the treatment of cattle in processing plants, even winning an award for PETA. Today, she is professor at Colorado State University. Autism affects the areas of the brain that direct abstract thought, language, and social interaction, and Temple displayed the classic symptoms of the condition in her earliest years- she spoke little, did not like to be held or touched. The greatest thing about this movie is that Temples mother didn’t allow her to become the typical child with autism. Instead Temples's mother enrolled her in speech therapy. and at home her mother read to her constantly. The family was also able to afford a caregiver whose job it was to play with Temple and keep her from retreating into a corner, as autistic children prefer. Temples 's mother also sought out private schools with sympathetic staff who were willing to work with her daughter's special needs. Temple credits this early intervention with pulling her out of the isolationist shell of autism and laying a path toward her professional success later in life. As a teacher I would learn to adapt to the students learning disability and come away with stragtegies that both the student and I can be comfortable with . I think its important that I

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