Temple Grandin's 10 Famous Quotes on Autism & Movie Review

  • Temple Grandin was born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, MA.
  • Temple Grandin holds a doctorate degree(she also has autism).  
  • Her mother theorized that Temple's symptoms were best characterized as autistic, later determined to be an autistic savant; she was considered to have atypical autism; then, Temple Grandin was diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum disorder in her forties.
  • Temple Grandin is often mentioned alongside Mozart and Einstein.
  • How autism treatment has been influenced by Temple Grandin is that she advocates early intervention and that teachers direct autistic children's fixations toward more productive directions.
  • In one chapter of a book she wrote, it says: "Sometimes it felt as if her senses were on fire."
  • People often ask: "What type of autism does Temple Grandin have?" Temple Grandin has atypical autism.
  • Temple Grandin features in a clip on autism child.
  • Temple Grandin's publisher is Simon & Schuster.
  • In Marlene Cohen's Reviews, Temple Grandin tells about visual supports for people with autism.
  • Temple Grandin is a famous speaker for autism at conferences and conventions.
  • Claire Danes gives a fantastic performance in the autism movie, Temple Grandin.
Here is my top 10 list of her autism-related quotes:

1. "If I could snap my fingers and be non-autistic, I would. Autism is part of what I am."

2. "I believe there is a reason such as autism, severe manic-depression, and schizophrenia remain in our gene pool, even though there is much suffering as a result."

3. "Many autistic children like to smell things, and smell may provide more reliable information about their surroundings than either vision or hearing."

4. "I am a big believer in early intervention."

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

6. "Some children may need a behavioral approach, whereas other children may need a sensory approach."

7. "I am also a believer in an integrated treatment approach to autism."

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

9. "Autism is a extremely variable disorder."

10. "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."

Temple Grandin Movie Review

The entire movie is a masterpiece about Temple Grandin, the well-known and yet autistic animal behavioral specialist who has single-handedly revolutionized how we treat livestock in stockyards. Via flashbacks the audience find out that Temple was diagnosed at age 4 with autism, and had not spoken until then. Although  a doctor predicts Temple will likely never talk, her mother Eustacia work earnestly to enroll her daughter into regular schools. Temple starts speaking.

During the summer of 1966, Temple stays at her Aunt Ann's ranch. There are many turning points that occur at this visit. Firstly, she is drawn irresistibly to the animals. Secondarily, Temple discovers that she has an uncommon ability to empathize with animals as well as feel their pain and anxiety. And thirdly, she constructs for herself a confined chute that resembles the ones used to pacify cattle for inoculation, which proves to be an effective stress reducer, especially during the most trying times.

In high school she meets Dr. Carlock who challenges her to apply her mental acumen seriously. In addition, he advises her to turn her obstacles into fresh opportunities. This spiritual counsel motivates Temple to go on persevering with her special gifts.

Temple attends Franklin Pierce College, and then graduate school at Arizona State University. Soon after watching how cattle are treated usually in stockyards, she brainstorms and develops new methods and layouts of a more humane slaughterhouse, always bearing in mind the animals' well-being.

The director, Mick Jackson, does an outstanding job in communicating the depth and breadth of Temple's heroism, especially when she's confronted by the cattle industry's ignorance and chauvinism

Temple Grandin Film Discussion Questions for Autistic Child

Here are some questions you can ask your autistic child after watching the movie:

1) How well did Temple cope with her autism?

2) Do you think she was brave? If yes, how?

3) What would you have done in her place? Would you have acted differently?

4) What was Temple's major challenges?

5) Do you feel Temple was successful? If yes, how?

6) If you were the director, how would you have made the same movie? Would you have done anything differently? If yes, what?

7) Would you watch the movie again?

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