By: Allison Kramp
The Life of Temple Grandin
Counting the moos
When Temple went on her mission to help animals, she ran into some people on the way. Temple told them how to make sure the animals were comfortable and being treated right. These are some steps she told them to take:
- Count the moos or squeals (for pigs) the more animals are distressed the more they moo or squeal.
- Notice how the animals are walking, cows run when they are afraid.
- Also look if the animals are limping, this can tell you if the floor is to slippery or they fell because they were scared.
- Make sure the animal has enough space to walk around and not feel squished.
- Notice the temperature, it might be too hot or cold for the animals.
An effect of autism can be heighten senses. Since Temple's senses were sensitive, she didn't like to be hugged or touched. Temple started to get a lot of anxiety attacks in school. She needed a way to calm down in a way that she could control. Temple's mom wanted temple to visit her aunts farm to try to calm Grandin down. When Grandin was at her aunt's farm, she saw a contraption that held the cows so they couldn't move when giving them a shot. Temple noticed that the cows instantly calmed down when the they were squeezed by the machine. That gave Temple an idea. She asked her aunt if she could try out the squeeze machine. Grandin was calm for a whole hour after that. Temple got to work and made her own squeeze machine to help her calm herself. She finally found a solution to her problem and now helps other autistic children using her invention.
Temple Grandin How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism And Changed The World by: Sy Montgomery