Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism

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Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism—because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.

In this unprecedented book, Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world. What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity.

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  • must read
    gives insight and hope for parents of kids with autism. also realization of what kids with aspergers can accomplish. this woman has a phd!!!...more info
  • More Conceptual than She Thinks
    This book provides fascinating, intelligent, entertaining insights into the autistic mind.

    Grandin is actually very conceptual, as the ability to use language requires, but appropriate concepts and contexts are difficult for her to define, seemingly due to a sensory system that leads to focusing on details rather than a broader scope. She and psychologists in general simply think she is largely non-conceptual due to their inadequate understanding of concepts, language, etc.

    Actually, we all think in pictures; however, most of us use generalized, essentialized pictures most of the time for efficiency.

    A grasp of how concepts are formed and organized, and how they are the essence of language, will help greatly. Best and easy to read for effective general psychology is "The Psychology of Self-Esteem," by Branden. Self-esteem is acquired from experience, not by choosing it. Emotions result from thoughts, not vice versa. The best and easy to read for the nature of concepts and language is "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology," by Rand, and then for a comparison with other theories and how they go wrong "Evidence of the Senses," by Kelly.

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  • Thinking in Pictures
    Grandin gives insight into autism. I wish I had her book before autism entered my life. I hope everyone who has someone in their life with autism will read this book. ...more info
  • great book
    Understanding your child's challenges and special gifts can help your child be the best they can be
    A Moment of Peace: Relaxation for Parents AudiobookA Moment of Peace: Relaxation for Children...more info
  • Hard to realize that our autistic children will be autistic adults
    It always scares me about thinking about our children's future, what will happen to them if we die, if we didn't help them to become an independent individual, what about their personal relationships, if they will be abused -both physical and emotionally when we were not with them.
    This book doesn't erase our fears, this book opens our eyes to see WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO to help them, and give us hope... not just ideas but specific examples of what to do.
    It was hard for me to read this also because it goes deep about autism and genetics... It is very hard to accept that my husband and I gave our wonderful child the "bad genes".
    Once you get over the guilt, this book helps you to understand that along with autism, there goes a lot of "genius" genes.
    this book is a must....more info
  • Temple Grandin is an inspiration
    Temple Grandin's "Thinking in Pictures", is a must read for anyone who is affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her book is well written and provides a lot of insight into what life is like for a young adult on the spectrum. This has been especially helpful for my husband and I as our first Aspie (we have four) is heading off to college and the "real" world. Definitely worth the money....more info
  • Temple Grandin and Eleanor Roosevelt would have loved each other
    Dip vat, squeeze machine, restraining chute...Temple Grandin makes poetry of these unlikely words, and out of the whole of the English language. It's a spiritual miracle that we experience the noise and overpowering smells of the stockyards, yet also find in them the triumph of compassion.

    Quite simply, Grandin is one of the greatest women of the 20th and 21st centuries. She should be draped with laurels, carried through the streets on our shoulders as we sing our praise-songs; she should be awarded keys to cities, MacArthur Foundation buckets of money, a Nobel Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom...and any other accolade we can think of to bestow on her. Did I say she was one of the greatest women? Check that. She is one of the greatest human beings of any century.

    In addition, she is delightful company. She humanizes scary conditions, autism and asperger's, evoking in readers compassion and curiosity they might not have known they had. In this regard, Grandin is a superb spiritual guide with abundant personal experience and vast knowledge, which she generously shares via neat, accessible anecdotes and lists.

    Reading Grandin, it is easy to imagine being in the same room with her, listening wide-eyed, and never wanting her to leave. Some nights, I confess that I fall asleep thinking of her as a young girl, joyfully flying those kites in the park...

    Robert McDowell, author of the forthcoming Poetry In Your Spiritual Practice...more info
  • A remarkable title.
    A friend recommendeded this book for me. I hesitated for a while before buying it - but once picked up I can't put it down. The book brings me to scope of thinkings that is beyond my imagination. I can't wait to recommend this book to my friends even before I have finished it for the first time. I've now re-read this for two to three times, and each time my mind was further enlightened. Sometimes I give away books after reading but this will be a copy I will keep and read over and over again....more info
  • Amazing person, engrossing book
    Temple Grandin is an incredible person, overcoming such adversity to lead such a full life. She has really made the most of her life, more of a most than many people could dream was possible.

    The book is really two books, the first an autobiography and the second a book of the latest research on autism, including diagnosis, medications, and therapy. It covers all disorders on the autism spectrum.

    This is truly a must-read book for anyone with even the slightest interest in autism....more info
  • Understanding Autism
    As a college professor with a Ph.D., I think in words and have had trouble connecting and communicating with my autistic daughter. This book has allowed me to cross over into my daughters world and better understand how she thinks in pictures. It has helped to redefine our communication and changed my life and our relationship....more info
  • Thinking in Pictures
    Thank you so much. The book came in a timely manner and was as I expected....more info
  • buyer review
    Sent and recieved very quickly, I am very pleased with this seller. I will give a five star rating and will continue to shop with them.
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  • A new perspective
    Temple Grandin's "Thinking in Pictures" provides a whole new way of understanding thinking and the mind, human or otherwise. Grandin, a professor at Colorado State University who is also autistic, thinks about the world in pictures, rather than in words as many "normal" people do. This unusual perspective, in addition to other experiences of her life with autism, allows her to see things that other people fail to understand or even notice - from the basis of animal behavior to the reason people with special needs respond to the world in the ways they do. Part autobiography, part explication of a disorder, with a healthy dose of unorthodox philosophy, this book is as unique and special as its author....more info
  • Thank You, Dr. Grandin, for letting us know our children
    Thinking in Picture is the only book I have read writted by an insider of the Autistic world. I really learned from this book how my son thinks & feels. I really like the explanation about sensory issues & how to cope w/it. It's increadible that by doing just what she says about overload sensory system, I got my son's sensory problems under control. I also enjoyed the very 1st chapter in which she describes the way she thinks in such details form that I could really see every single picture & video that was passing through her mind @ the time she wrote it. If any one wants to see a sumary of this book, you can go to [...] & search for her conferences. There is a nice 1:20mins conference video in which she talks about many issues she explains in this book......more info
  • Amazing
    Read this and Autism is more understandable (though still a mystery for those who do not have Autism) It also helps one to know better how to work with and interact with anyone having Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    Aside from learning more about Autism, you will enjoy the writing and the stories used by the author.
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  • Very Good Book!
    Temple Grandin's book is amazing! I can barely wrap my mind around some of the things she says, but I really learned a lot about autism. I highly recommend this book to everyone - not just someone researching autism - but everyone. Our whole book group loved it. ...more info
  • Fascinating
    Fascinating insight into the autistic mind and the different ways of being human. Also provides insights into how more "normal" minds work by contrast. Highly recommended....more info


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