I saw Temple Grandin

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I saw Temple Grandin
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Wed, 03-17-2010 - 2:05pm

I went to see Temple yesterday. It was soooo amazing. She is so interesting to listen to. After she was done her lecture she opened the floor to questions from the audience. One man was asking about college for his son. He wanted to send his son to a college for special needs kids for computer science and technology....Temple paused for a minute and said..."There's a college like that in California....it's called Stanford." The whole audience broke out is applause. It was so empowering. I felt so good leaving her presentation. I wish I would have brought my book...because she was signing books at the beginning and end. She is so freaking cool. And totally autistic :-). I love that she is one with her nerdness....and geek self.

It was interesting watching her go from rehearsed speech to answering questions from the audience. She lost all her eye contact and even her body language changed. That was when I noticed the autism the most. She also made the lighting people turn the spotlight off and she didn't let anyone take pictures. And she was honest about it too. She got into sensory issues a lot...which I really liked...and she did say as she gets older her sensory issues are getting a little worse. :-(

I am on cloud nine. I got to go with two other great friends. I can't stop smiling about it. You know that feeling you get when you see a great concert? It's that feeling...only no concert.

If you ever get a chance to see her in person...I highly recommend it. My friend and I wanted to kidnap her and bring her home with us....I could pick her brain for hours.



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Wed, 03-17-2010 - 5:58pm
Wow! She sounds awesome! I love that bit about Stanford. I'm going to keep it in my back pocket and pull it out at the next PPT where someone questions why I'm pushing so hard. I know what you mean about being on cloud nine too. Temple Grandin gives us all hope for our kids future. Thanks for sharing.
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Wed, 03-17-2010 - 11:31pm
That is sooooooo cool Jessie! She came out here a few months ago but I couldn't find anyone to watch Nicholas for the day. Oh well, she'll be around again.
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Thu, 03-18-2010 - 6:49am

I'm glad you had such a good time. I went to hear a speaker here in the UK - a woman called Ros Smith who is autistic - and I came away with a similar feeling: it was so encouraging and heartening to hear her talk about the reality of her life. She was very funny and moving too, particularly about relationships (she described her parents as being the people who 'translated the world for her' and I could feel every parent in the room welling up with tears at that point) and the misunderstandings that can arise from the literalness of her world (it took her years to figure out that 'I want doesn't get' meant she should say 'please'). She also had some sobering messages to get across about not shielding our kids from disappointment and hardship to avoid meltdowns which I have to remember every day.


It also brought home to me that however much professional disciplinary disagreement there may be about where Aspergers 'fits' (if at all) on the autism spectrum, there are clear links and overlaps between her experience (and she had 'classic' autism) and my son's (who has Asperger's).


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Thu, 03-18-2010 - 11:42am
Sounds wonderful! I wish I could hear her speak. Maybe she will come to my area soon.
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Thu, 03-18-2010 - 2:50pm

I saw her at an autism conference a few years ago.

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