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Mental Health Concerns
Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
. Grandin, Temple and
Sean Barron. 2005.
Written by Michele Fish, Associate Director, Student Disability
Services, Center for Learning and Teaching, Cornell University
Temple Grandin, author and speaker on autism,
didn’t talk until she was three and a half and
communicated by screaming, peeping, and
humming. She was labeled “autistic,” and her
parents were told she should be institutionalized.
She tells of “groping her way from the far side of
darkness” in her book Emergence: Labeled
Autistic. She says that many parents and even
professionals still don’t realize that autism can be
modified and controlled. Grandin was lucky; she
found a mentor who recognized her abilities,
which she developed further to become successful
at designing humane livestock- handling
equipment. She says that autism helps her see
things as animals do. Grandin is on the faculty of
Colorado State University. Her latest best seller is
The Way I See It.