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The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Every library, large or small, needs this book on its shelves. Every school, large or small, with the responsibility of educating children with autism or Asperger's needs the guidance this book offers. . . . Last, and certainly not least, every parent will find within these pages golden nuggets of advice, encouragement, and hope to fuel their day-to-day journey through their child's autism. . . . The wisdom she offers through this book and its personal reflections on autism will, I'm sure, ring true for many more decades to come. --Ruth Christ Sullivan, co-founder of the Autism Society of America

About the Author

As a child, Temple Grandin could not speak. Her silent existence was broken only by rhythmic rocking and occasional fits of screaming and thrashing. Diagnosed with autism, Temple s many caregivers eventually helped her contradict her doctors' morbid predictions and go on to become one of the autism community's most beloved success stories. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a popular international lecturer on autism and the author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, and Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships. One of the world s leading experts in livestock facility design, over half of the cattle in North America are handled in facilities designed by her. She credits her visual thinking and her systemizing mind, both characteristics of autism, for her ability to be "the woman who thinks like a cow." Temple continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932565728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932565720
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Matrix Fan VINE VOICE on September 25, 2008
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Dr. Temple Grandin takes this simple phrase and makes it the central theme to her book "The Way I See It." She explains, in very concrete examples, that autism is a 'spectrum' disorder, and no two individuals share the exact same traits. Autism is simply a different way of thinking and learning; and with the right type and intensity of services, significant improvements can be made.

I enjoyed this book very much because Temple makes it very plain from the get-go that as a parent of an autistic/Asperger's child, doing nothing is the worst thing possible. Don't let the child stim all day long, don't hold onto the belief that he/she will "grow out of these behaviors", and never let the label define the child. In addition, she stresses the important of teaching the child proper manners, acceptable behaviors, and setting goals for them to achieve (within reason).

She goes on to say that tasks need to be taught in a piece-by-piece manner so the child does not succumb to sensory overload. I was particularly fascinated by her personal description of sensory overload in the autistic/Asperger's mind, caused by items like fluorescent lights, fire alarms, ticking clocks, uncomfortable fabrics, and much more. Recognizing these learning hurdles requires a bit of detective work on the part of parents and teachers - but in the end, they will help in the child's treatment and learning process.

Personal examples are provided as often as possible, which helps provide a very real and unabashed view into the autistic mindset. Dr. Grandin remembers with vivid detail getting a question wrong on a kindergarten quiz where she had to mark items that began with the letter "B".
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I'm usually not one to write rave reviews for anything, but as a father of a high functioning autistic child, I can say that this is the best book on the subject I've ever read.

This book is a collection of magazine column articles that were published over the course of several years. About 25% of the pages in the body of the book are either blank, chapter title pages, or pages with a single big quote on them, so this book is actually quite a bit shorter than you'd think from the page count.

But the content is what matters, and I found the author's writing style to be both accessible and to the point. I was also impressed with the fact that the author is an extraordinarily accomplished professional in an area other than being an author. This is written from the perspective of someone who has already walked the talk and is now sharing "how it's done" with the rest of us.

Since it's a collection of magazine column sized chapters, and because each autism/asperger's child is unique, the reader will likely find that some chapters apply to their particular situation a lot more than others. For example, the chapter on drugs didn't apply to us (at least not yet) becuase we haven't needed to "go there" yet with our son.

However, the columns dealing with vocation and socialization are priceless to a parent who knows their son or daugher is bright, but has difficulty getting along with others.
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This excellent book, written by Temple Grandin, a Ph.D with an autistic spectrum disorder, is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand autism/Asperger's Syndrome, and for any parent who wants to maximize their ASD's child's potential for success - as an ASD adult. This book, however, is not about "curing" autism.

For that reason, I didn't enjoy Temple Grandin's writings years ago, when my now 11 year old son was first diagnosed with ASD. I didn't want to hear about a successful adult autistic person, I wanted to hear about adults and children who had been CURED of their autism.

Back then I believed that autism could be cured. I'd set goals - "he'll learn to talk, then he'll be fine." "I'll mainstream him in kindergarten, then he'll be fine." "I'll set up playdates for him, then he'll be fine." All these goals helped significantly, but he still has autism.

He'll always have autism. He is very intelligent, very "high functioning", but he looks at, and perceives the world in such an "Aspie" way. And now that I've fully accepted that, I want to know how to help him have a full, meaningful, and productive life.

The book is a collection of short, insightful essays grouped under various headings, such as "Diagnosis and Early Intervention", "Teaching and Education", "Adult Issues and Employment", and so on.

Grandin really hammers home the importance of early intervention, of getting an ASD child to connect to the real world. She doesn't insist on certain interventions such as ABA or Floor Time, as much as she insists on keeping the child tuned in at least 40 hours a week.

She also insists on high expectations, even for young children who may be non-verbal.
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