Facing Adversities

By: Allison Kramp

The Life of Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is an autistic lady that now helps make sure that animals are being treated fairly. She is also the oldest of 4 children. When Grandin was a baby she would stiffen when her mom tried to hold her because she had heighten senses. Her issues ranged from not liking to be touched to being overwhelmed by the smell of perfume that Temple's teacher wore. When she was a child, she had a hard time speaking so she had to suppress her feelings. She would falter when she tried to talk. Temple would just spit out one little word every so often when she was mad such as "no." or "mine." One way she would try to express herself was by throwing temper tantrums. She would cry and flail her arms around. When Temple was around the age of 2 to 3, she was diagnosed with autism. As Temple started to go to school she faced many adversities. In her middle school years, the kids were nice to her and treated her well, but as she got older others started to make fun of her. In high school, Temple Grandin started to get panic attacks. She started to feel like someone was trying to hurt her or she was scared she was scared she was going to get a phone call or even scared she wasn't going to get a phone call. Eventually, Temple got sent to her aunt's farm and found an answer to her problem. This helped her with her first invention. After that, Temple graduated from Arizona State University and got her master's in animal science. Now Temple is also very eloquent and gives speeches about autism to help others.

The Invention

In high school, Temple started to get a lot of panic attacks. Her mom thought it was a good idea to send Temple to her aunt's farm to get some physical activity to help Temple with her panic attacks. As a result, Temple found something that would help her with her panic attacks. There she saw a machine that helped the cows stay calm. Grandin studied the machine to figure out why the cows stayed calm. She realized that the when the cows were squeezed by the machine they felt calm. Temple wanted to try that on herself. She modified it and it and the outcome was she felt calm for up to an hour after she had used the machine. If Temple's mom didn't send her to Temple's aunt's farm then Temple might have never found a way to calm down.

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:

  1. Count the moos or squeals (for pigs) the more animals are distressed the more they moo or squeal.
  2. Notice how the animals are walking, cows run when they are afraid.
  3. Also look if the animals are limping, this can tell you if the floor is to slippery or they fell because they were scared.
  4. Make sure the animal has enough space to walk around and not feel squished.
  5. Notice the temperature, it might be too hot or cold for the animals.

Squeeze Machine

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.

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Sources

http://www.grandin.com/


http://www.templegrandin.com/


http://www.creativebloq.com/infographic/tools-2131971 (take out)


http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com


http://www.biography.com


Temple Grandin How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism And Changed The World by: Sy Montgomery