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With Temple Grandin and Autism

Temple Grandin

Since Temple was a little girl, she has had to face an adversity. Temple, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but more commonly known as Autism. She was different from other students at her school. She had to work harder to be like her classmates. The toughest part she had to go through was the bullying. At times, the effects of autism were overwhelming, but Temple kept going. Although Temple has went through hardships, she was able to do what she loved and become a successful person.

Senses out of Control

For Temple, the normal 5 senses could be torture. The new socks she wore would feel like sandpaper. The perfume that the teacher wore would cause Temple to not be able to think because the smell would be so strong. When she listened to people talk, sometimes the noise was painfully loud, or the words would be very unclear. At times, it sounded like adults were speaking gibberish. For her, the senses were overwhelming.

Elementary School V.S. High School

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Achieving a Goal

When Temple explained to her animal-science professor that she wanted to study about cattle behavior in cattle chutes, her professor told her to forget it. Even though her professor said no, Temple was determined to study it. She set up a goal to achieve this. Temple spent her time working on it, until she came to a conclusion and to an end. To achieve a goal, there are 5 steps you should follow. First, set goals that motivates you. This means making sure that your goal is important and has value. After that, make sure that the goals are SMART, meaning that they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound. Next, set goals in writing. For example, instead of using the word "might" use the word "will." Another way is to make a to-do list. Then make an action plan. This is one of the most important steps because some people forgot about the process and just think about the end. Lastly, stick with your plan.

Early Work on Farms

At one of the first farms Temple worked at, there were men, who also worked there, that disliked Temple. They didn't like how she had autism and different, but the thing that they disliked most about Temple, was the fact that she was a woman. The men thought it was strange that a woman would work on a farm because during that time period, working on a farm was a man's job. Because of their strong conviction, the men did all that they could to stop Temple from working. Instead of bringing Temple down, this made Temple work even harder to get past them. Temple would always find a way to get around their plan and in the end, do what she loves. Even if what the men did to her was inhumane, Temple didn't let those things bother her. Temple's hard work and perseverance inspire other women to do what they love.

Treatment for Autism

Although there is no cure for autism, there is treatment and education to help autistic people. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), treatment for autism can include the following:

  • Behavioral management therapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Early intervention
  • Educational and school-based therapies
  • Joint attention therapy
  • Medication treatment
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Occupatoinaly therapy
  • Parent-mediated therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Speech-language therapy

Significant events in Temple's Lifetime