Dr. Grandin didn’t talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of “groping her way from the far side of darkness” in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.
Dr. Grandin has become a prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism because “I have read enough to know that there are still many parents, and yes, professionals too, who believe that ‘once autistic, always autistic.’ This dictum has meant sad and sorry lives for many children diagnosed, as I was in early life, as autistic. To these people, it is incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled. However, I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can” (from Emergence: Labeled Autistic).
Even though she was considered “weird” in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor, who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald’s, Swift, and others.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is now the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes has been brought to the screen. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable did a half-hour show on her life, and she was featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars.
Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling. At every Future Horizons conference on autism, the audience rates her presentation as 10+.
Dr. Grandin’s bestselling books on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Different Not Less, Bright Not Broken, The Autistic Mind and produced several DVDs. All books and DVD’s. Her life story has also been made into an HBO movie titled “Temple Grandin, staring Claire Danes,” which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. The movie shows her life as a teenager and how she started her career.
She was Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the world.
Temple Grandin’s work continues to inspire millions, drawing superlative reviews:
“Temple is my hero. She has my vote for the person who has provided the greatest advance in our understanding of autism this century.”
-Dr. Tony Attwood, world renowned expert on autism spectrum disorders.
We have been honored with seven interviews with Dr. Grandin – Listen any time
Thinking in Pictures – An up close and personal interview with Dr Temple Grandin. Join Marianne for this full one hour interview as she discusses with Dr Grandin her life, her career and her message to parents and educators
“Different Not Less “ the phrase made famous by Dr Grandin’s mother Eustacia Cutler in the HBO biopic Thinking In Pictures the story of Temple Grandins life, is the title of her latest book. Inspiring stories of achievement and successful employment from adults with Autism, Aspergers and ADHD is one of the most empowering books I have had the pleasure to read. In this latest interview Dr Grandin shares stories of adversity and triumph from those with autism spectrum disorders. Heart wrenching and overwhelmingly inspirational stories that give hope and validation for those who have fought for their success and independence will give hope to millions
Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism – Bright Not Broken sheds new light on this vibrant population by identifying who twice exceptional children are and taking an unflinching look at why they’re stuck. The first work to boldly examine the widespread misdiagnosis and controversies that arise from our current diagnostic system, it serves as a wake-up call for parents and professionals to question why our mental health and education systems are failing our brightest children.
The DSMV and its affect on children and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr Temple Grandin, Rebecca Banks and Diane Kennedy authors of “Bright Not Broken – Gifted Kids ADHD and Autism” as they discuss the upcoming changes to the DSMV and how it could affect children and adults on the spectrum
Fear as core emotion in Autism – A surprise phone call led to an impromptu interview with Dr Temple Grandin and Marianne Russo discussing fear, anxiety and panic at center of many autism behaviors
Animals As Companions and Careers
The Autistic Brain – Thinking Across The Spectrum – Dr Grandin returns to discuss the results of her brain scans and her thoughts on focus for future Autism research