Saturday, January 5, 2008

Teaching Tips by Temple Grandin

Most people who have autism or have children on the spectrum know about Temple Grandin, a person with autism who is a professor at Colorado State University. She sometimes presents well-received lectures about autism. Her book Thinking in Pictures was amongst the first I have read. I still remember bits of what she wrote--especially where she wrote about the rules she made for herself. After reading her book, I realized that outlining rules was important to my son and that I'd also have to explain what bad behavior (tantrums, biting, hitting, screaming etc.) is and why it is bad. I haven't read her other well-known book Animals in Translation : Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior yet, but I probably will some day.

Anyway her teaching tips have been featured by many a blogger, but I thought I'd post about it as well. I found a better link than the one that pops up on Google. This one, on the Autism Society of Michigan's site, doesn't have a bunch of junk to scroll past. I hope those readers who haven't come across these tips until now find them helpful.

All the tips are good, but I especially liked #8 and how to deal with irritating sounds because this is one area in which my son struggles. He puts his hands on his ears and sings before the school bell rings and I always wonder what the kids who are not on the spectrum think when he does this. He's not been bullied yet (am knocking on wood at this point), but I am seriously thinking about showing Temple's Tip about sound to his principal .However, I'm not sure how the tip will be taken.

An Extra Comment: Every time I hear Temple Grandin's name, I kick myself a little because she has spoken about autism twice now in Lansing and I missed both lectures. Next time, if there is one, I will be there. She is well regarded and her name comes up quite a bit in conjunction with autism. People seem to value what individuals on the spectrum have to say about autism. I suppose there is nothing quite like experiencing autism in terms of really knowing about and explaining the disorder. Everyone else just has to attend lectures and read and read and read...


Casdok said...

Temple Grandin as so much to teach us.
I get so much from blogs and books written by autistic people.

J said...

Yes, individuals with autism do have a lot of insight to offer. Thanks for commenting.

patty said...

Hi. I look forward to reading your blog more. I am a Temple Grandin fan and also a Mom of a 2 year old just diagnosed with PDD-NOS.
Temple Grandin is amazing and so are you for taking the time to blog on Autism.
Kudos! Patty

Jules said...

Welcome Patty. I hope I hear more from you. Temple Grandin is amazing and an inspiration to us all. Us mom's are lucky that she's such a great voice for people with autism. Best wishes to you and your two year old! : )

Art said...

I heard Terry Gross show with Ms.Temple Grandin,I am very impressed with her,it makes me think about how some kids may not have the opportunity they need to grow and she is proof that autism can be treated.My eyes watered when she talked on animals not being understood and how she understands why they react to what they have been exposed to.Ms. Grandin is really a special person in a world that sometimes isn't