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Book Title: Emergence: Labeled Autistic|
The author of the book: Temple Grandin
Edition: Grand Central Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780446671828
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Temple Grandin has autism. This - her first autobiography - is more complex a work than I expected from someone with autism, and also a more simple work than anything written by most people who study it. That Grandin is able to write a narrative of her life is an incredible achievement, due in no small part to her mother's diligence in finding great teachers for her daughter. It's also indicative of the fact that autism can "improve" over time - or at least an individual with autism adds to their store of knowledge across the span of their lifetime, and that gives them a better chance at anticipating the correct behavior in a social setting, or hitting commonly accepted markers in the act of telling a story. As Grandin would put it, every day of her life sees her adding to the visual index in her brain - more video of more social situations with more people acting in more varied ways. The more entries in her personal library, the more choices Grandin has. Grandin intellectually decides, after consulting her index, how to react to situations that individuals without autism would react to without a thought. It's in learning how Grandin makes sense out of her world that autism becomes something more than a collection of studies into psychology, neurology, and biology, and instead becomes an experience of life as valid and meaningful as any other.
There's a general simplicity to Grandin's storytelling that makes this a quick read -- there are also numerous repetitions of phrasing and story which would, in another book, be endlessly frustrating and easy to describe as 'bad writing.' Here, however, they serve a different function - they make it possible to see, in the way Grandin writes, the act of her searching her mental index for a story that demonstrates X, and in accessing it, needing to tell the story exactly the same way every time. The limits, challenges, and gifts of her condition are illustrated in her prose, not just by it. It's a fascinating introduction to autism as lived, not simply autism as observed.
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Read information about the authorTemple Grandin, Ph.D., didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the far side of darkness" in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.
Even though she was considered "weird" in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor, who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift, and others.
Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling.
(Excerpted from Temple Grandin's Official Autism Website)
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