Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0385477925
ISBN-10: 0385477929
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From Publishers Weekly

In her second autobiographical volume (after Emergence: Labelled Autistic), Grandin, a high-functioning autistic profiled by Oliver Sacks in his recent book, An Anthropologist on Mars, offers a series of original, linked essays on her life and work. An assistant professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, her heightened ability to visualize allows her to make sense of the world by constructing concrete visual metaphors; for her, every concept must be tied into her nonverbal "video library" of particular people, places and associations. By thus enabling Grandin to put herself in the place of cows and other animals, her visual imagination has helped her to design humane livestock-processing equipment (these designs have been so effective that they now handle one-third of the nation's cattle and hogs). Throughout these essays, Grandin blends personal anecdotes with plainspoken accounts of scientific approaches to autism and methods of treatment, like drug therapy and a "squeeze machine" she invented to modify sensory stimulation. Although her prose is uneven, her insights and achievements are astonishing. Ultimately, Grandin finds within science and autism the basis for belief in God, given that her designs, which spring from her powers of visualization, reduce suffering and promote calm in both the animals and herself. Photos.
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In her autobiography, Emergence: Labeled Autistic (LJ 5/15/86), Grandin (animal studies, Colorado State Univ.) related how, as a high-functioning autistic adult, she overcame her disability to become a designer of livestock-handling equipment. Recently profiled in Oliver Sacks's An Anthropologist on Mars (LJ 2/15/95), Grandin also lectures on autism at meetings and conferences. Using insights from scientific studies, autobiographies by autistic adults, and her own experience, she lucidly explains how people with autism differently perceive and process visual and sensory information and experience and express emotions, as well as develop social skills. She reviews diagnosis and treatment of autism, and discusses its association with talent and genius. Throughout the book we learn of Grandin's own strategies for coping with her autism and how autism has given her an advantage in understanding the behavior of other animals. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject.?Lucille Boone, San Jose P.L. Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Hardcover : 222 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0385477929
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0385477925
  • Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
  • Publisher : Doubleday; 1st Edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: : English
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Gamla
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into the different world of autism
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent for helping to understand people with ASD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating view from inside autism
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insider's View Of Autism
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