Disability Scoop: HBO’s ‘Temple Grandin’ Offers Inside Look At Autism
When Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism at age three, a doctor recommended she be placed in an institution. Instead, Grandin grew up to be a world-renowned expert on the handling of livestock and arguably the most famous person with autism in the world. (HBO/Van Redin: Image Courtesy Temple Grandin)
See the trailer of the new film called “Temple Grandin” starring Claire Danes premiering Feb. 6 on HBO.
Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books including Thinking with Pictures.
Now the story of Grandin’s journey from struggling toddler to sought after Ph.D. and autism activist is the subject of a new film called “Temple Grandin” starring Claire Danes premiering Feb. 6 on HBO.
Disability Scoop: What was it like growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s with autism?
Temple Grandin: It was mostly terrible because they were diagnosing kids as mentally retarded and putting them in institutions. When I was 2 and 3-years-old, I had no speech. I had lots of tantruming, really severe autistic symptoms. Fortunately, the very first doctor that my mother took me to referred her to a little speech therapy school that two teachers ran out of their house. It was as good as any ABA program today.
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