31 Most Famous Temple Grandin Quotes

31 Most Famous Temple Grandin Quotes

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Temple Grandin is a professor at Colorado State University, an author, activist, and holds a Ph. D in animal science. In her career she has written multiple best selling books, invented the renowned “hug box” for people with autism, and is a consultant to the livestock industry. She was the subject of an award winning biographical film entitled Temple Grandin. She continues to be an autism rights activist and livestock behavior consultant.

“A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis.”

“As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment.”

“Autism is an extremely variable disorder. ”

“Autism is part of who I am.”

“I am also a believer in an integrated treatment approach to autism.”

“I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.”

“I obtain great satisfaction out of using my intellect.”

“I think sometimes parents and teachers fail to stretch kids. My mother had a very good sense of how to stretch me just slightly outside my comfort zone.”

“I use my mind to solve problems and invent things.”

“I would never talk just to be social. Now, to sit down with a bunch of engineers and talk about the latest concrete forming systems, that’s really interesting. Talking with animal behaviorists or with someone who likes to sail, that’s interesting. Information is interesting to me. But talking for the sake of talking, I find that quite boring.”

“If I did not have my work, I would not have any life.”

“If you have autism in the family history, you still vaccinate. Delay it a bit, space them out.”

“If you start using a medication in a person with autism, you should see an obvious improvement in behavior in a short period of time. If you do not see an obvious improvement, they probably should not be taking the stuff. It is that simple.”

“I’m a visual thinker, not a language-based thinker. My brain is like Google Images.”

“I’m a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There’s others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there’s another type that’s not a visual thinker at all, and they’re the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics.”

“It’s very important for the parents of young autistic children to encourage them to talk, or for those that don’t talk, to give them a way of communicating, like a picture board, where they can point to a glass of milk, or a jacket if they’re cold, or the bathroom.”

“Language just gradually came in, one or two stressed words a time. Before then, I would just scream. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t get my words out. So the only way I could tell someone what I wanted was to scream. If I didn’t want to wear a hat, the only way I knew to communicate was screaming and throwing it on the floor.”

“My life is basically my work.”

“My mind works like Google for images. You put in a key word; it brings up pictures.”

“Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation.”

“One of my sensory problems was hearing sensitivity, where certain loud noises, such as a school bell, hurt my ears. It sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears.”

“People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet.”

“Pressure is calming to the nervous system. ”

“Research has shown that a barren environment is much more damaging to baby animals than it is to adult animals. It does not hurt the adult animals the same way it damages babies.”

“Some autistic children cannot stand the sound of certain voices. I have come across cases where teachers tell me that certain children have problems with their voice or another person’s voice. This problem tends to be related to high-pitched ladies’ voices.”

“Some children may need a behavioral approach, whereas other children may need a sensory approach.”

“The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.”

“The squeeze machine is not going to cure anybody, but it may help them relax; and a relaxed person will usually have better behavior.”

“We have got to work on keeping these children engaged with the world.”

“When you take a drug to treat high blood pressure or diabetes, you have an objective test to measure blood pressure and the amount of sugar in the blood. It is straight-forward. With autism, you are looking for changes in behavior.”

“You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world. You cannot let them tune out.”