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Temple Grandin Discusses Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (Transcript)

Full transcript of an insightful presentation titled Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr. Temple Grandin, a noted expert and author on early intervention, educational strategies, visual thinking, social skills, medications and mentoring. Here in this presentation, she addresses sensory issues, brain function, social skills, job skills, medications and more…

Grandin presents around the world and is the author of several books including Emergence: Label Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, co-authored with Sean Barron. In addition to several DVDs, her recent release of Animals in Translation maintained a top 10 position on the New York Times best-seller list. Based on statistics provided by the Autism Society of America, it is estimated that one in every 150 children born in the United States has autism and approximately 1 million in this country have this disorder, which does not include Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Asperger’s and other spectrum disorders. A new case of autism is diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes, meaning approximately 24,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. per year.


Introducing Speaker: Please join me in welcoming Dr. Temple Grandin.

Temple Grandin – Author, Thinking in Pictures

Well it’s good to be here today. Once I press this button and my slides come on. If they work, that’s good. One of the things can’t emphasize enough with the young autistic children is early educational intervention. That’s just absolutely super important. I was 60 just this summer and by the time I was two and a half years old, I was in a very good program.

I’m — mother took me into a, you know, the children’s hospital in Boston and a doctor named Bronson Crothers referred her to a speech– to speech therapist that worked out of their home and they were just those a little experienced teachers that knew how to work with kids. And then my mother hired a nanny who spent hours and hours and hours doing turn taking games with me and my sister. We’ve got to be teaching these kids turn taking. See one of the things about being a child in the ’50s is it turned– everything you did with another kid that was fun involved turn taking. Turn taking is really important.

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