What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.— Temple Grandin
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I am different, not less
I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life, and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.
A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis.
There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do.
I strongly recommend that students with autism get involved in special interest clubs in some of the areas they naturally excel at. Being with people who share your interests makes socializing easier.
If you have a 2 or 3 year old who is not talking, you must start an early intervention program. The worst thing you can do with an autistic 3 year old is to do nothing.
People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet.
I think one of the worst things schools have done is taken out all of the stuff like art, music, woodworking, sewing, cooking, welding, auto-shop. All these things you can turn into careers. How can you get interested in these careers if you don't try them on a little bit?
I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk.
I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.
In special education, there's too much emphasis placed on the deficit and not enough on the strength.
Social thinking skills must be directly taught to children and adults with ASD.
Doing so opens doors of social understandings in all areas of life.
You got to get away from words if you want to understand any animal.
It thinks in pictures, it thinks in smells, it thinks in touch sensations - little sound bites like, it's a very detailed memory.
People on the autism spectrum don't think the same way you do.
In my life, people who made a difference were those who didn't see labels, who believed in building on what was there. These were people who didn't try to drag me into their world, but came into mine instead.
If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.
People can live up to high standards, but they can't live up to perfection.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.
I think sometimes parents and teachers fail to stretch kids.
My mother had a very good sense of how to stretch me just slightly outside my comfort zone.
My mind works like Google for images. You put in a key word; it brings up pictures.
You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world. You cannot let them tune out.
Curiosity is the other side of caution.
As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment.
It is important that our relationship with farm animals is reciprocal.
We owe animals a decent life and a painless death. I have observed that the people who are completely out of touch with nature are the most afraid of death.
The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.
I can remember being bullied and teased.
It was absolutely horrible. I got kicked out of ninth grade for throwing a book at a girl who teased me. It was absolutely terrible.
It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.
If you start using a medication in a person with autism, you should see an obvious improvement in behavior in a short period of time. If you do not see an obvious improvement, they probably should not be taking the stuff. It is that simple.
There's no black and white dividing line between a mild Aspergers, which is the mild autism, and computer engineer, for example.
I'm a child of the 50s. I was expected to have table manners. There needs to be some expectations for behavior. I'm seeing some children today, they don't push them enough.
I'm seeing too many smart kind of socially awkward kids, a lot milder than I was, not getting employment because they're not learning job skills.
Autism is an extremely variable disorder.
The squeeze machine is not going to cure anybody, but it may help them relax;
and a relaxed person will usually have better behavior.
You can't punish a child who is acting out because of sensory overload.
One of my sensory problems was hearing sensitivity, where certain loud noises, such as a school bell, hurt my ears. It sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears.
I'm seeing too many kind of socially awkward kids that get through schools and then they can't hold a job because they haven't learned the discipline of get up in the morning.
I am a big believer in early intervention.
Some children may need a behavioral approach, whereas other children may need a sensory approach.
I think a brain can be made "more thinking" or made "more emotional.
" At what point does this become abnormal? Autism in its milder variants, I think, is part of normal human variation.
Giving those animals [in shelter] quality time - now, I have been in some of the shelters where the cats have been in group housing. Well if you have a cat that never gets out of sternal recumbency, now what that means is that [inaudible] - that's a stressed cat. If they lay on their side, then they are not stressed out.
There is a small segment of people with autism that have savant skills, where they can memorize entire maps of whole entire city. They can do calendar calculations. And this is similar to some of the skills that animals have.
Some teachers just have a knack for working with autistic children. Other teachers do not have it.
Pressure is calming to the nervous system.
I use my mind to solve problems and invent things.
When you take a drug to treat high blood pressure or diabetes, you have an objective test to measure blood pressure and the amount of sugar in the blood. It is straight-forward. With autism, you are looking for changes in behavior.
I know a number of autistic adults that are doing extremely well on Prozac.
These diagnostic profiles like depression, ADHD, autism, dyslexia, it's half science and the other half is a committee of doctors bickering over what it should be, and it has changed. It's not precise like a diagnosis of tuberculosis would be very precise.
Autism's a very big spectrum. At one end of the spectrum, Einstein would probably be labeled autistic, Steve Jobs, half of Silicon Valley, you know, Van Gogh. And at the other end of the spectrum, you got much more severe handicaps where they never learn to speak.
I am also a believer in an integrated treatment approach to autism.
A cat can be social, but a dog, we've bred this hyper social animal that's really truly different and will do stuff for us just to please us with praise and stroking.
In the 50s and 60s, kids were taught how to shake hands.
They were taught how to have manners. There needs to be a lot more of that kind of stuff because the autistic mind doesn't pick up social things and subtle cues.
The autistic brain tends to be a specialist brain, good at one thing, bad at something else.