Temple Grandin, is an American Doctor of animal science and Professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autistic activist and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also created 'hug box', a device to calm autistic children.
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Grandin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Richard Grandin and Eustacia Cutler. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 in 1949. Diagnosed and labeled with brain damage, at that early age she was placed in a structured nursery school with what she considers to have been good teachers. Grandin's mother spoke to a doctor who suggested speech therapy. She hired a nanny who spent hours playing turn-taking games with Grandin and her sister.
Grandin suffered from delayed speech development, as she began talking at the age of 4 (developmental guidelines anticipate a vocabulary of eight to ten words by eighteen months of age). She considers herself lucky to have had supportive mentors from primary school onwards.
However, due to her poor conversational skills, Grandin has said that middle and high school were the most unpleasant times of her life. She was the "nerdy kid" whom everyone ridiculed. At times, while she walked down the hallways, her fellow students would taunt her by saying "tape recorder" because she would repeat herself constantly. Grandin states,
"I could laugh about it now, but back then it really hurt."
After graduating from Hampshire Country School, a boarding school for gifted children in Rindge, New Hampshire in 1966, Grandin went on to earn her bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970. A master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1989.
Grandin says that
"the part of other people that has emotional relationships is not part of me",
and she has neither married nor had children. Beyond her work in animal science and welfare and autism rights, her interests include horse riding, science fiction, movies and biochemistry.
She has noted in her autobiographical works that autism affects every aspect of her life. She has to wear comfortable clothes to counteract her sensory processing disorder and has structured her lifestyle to avoid sensory overload. She regularly takes anti-depressants, but no longer uses a squeeze-box (hug machine), a device which she invented at the age of 18 as a form of stress relief therapy, stating in February 2010 that:
"It broke two years ago, and I never got around to fixing it. I'm into hugging people now."
On August 5, 2013, Grandin's mother, Eustacia Cutler, published an article on The Daily Beast linking autistic men with child pornography. The article met with outrage from the autistic community for lacking any evidence supporting Cutler's claims, including an article by Emily Willingham on Forbes.com. Grandin issued a response to the article in an interview on the blog Life Tinted Blue.
source : Wikipedia
For more information about Dr. Temple Grandin or her activities for autism, visit her official website, www.templegrandin.com.
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