Title: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
Author: Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
Approximately 8 hours
Source: Checked out with Libby through the Kewaunee Public Library. Thank-you!
What person would you like to learn more about? I keep seeing interesting things about Temple
Grandin and decided to listen to the audiobook The Autistic Brain to learn more
about her and about autism.
The Autistic Brain is a great look into Temple Grandin’s
life and her research on autism. When Temple Grandin was born, autism was
first being named and understood. In
this book, she discusses the latest research into autism while explaining her experiences. I love that she was looking at Amazon reviews
of her earlier book in the 1990s and it inspired her to do more research. The review said not all autistic people think
in pictures, which truly astounded Temple Grandin. She decided she needed to learn more about
this and how autistic people think. She
discusses picture-thinkers, pattern-thinkers, and word-fact thinkers. She still does try to categorize people into
these three categories, but I don’t think people can be categorized that
Grandin takes a fascinating look into possible causes
of Autism and various ways it manifests. She talks about brain imagining and
genetics, and other studies for possible causes. It appears to be genetic. She talks about how there is a very wide
spectrum and that the key is it to find the strength of the autistic person and
work with them using that strength.
There was also great information and detail about various sensory
10% of autistics are savants.
Most savants are autistic.
Many autistics are good at seeing details,
although many can’t see the big picture as they are too focused on the details.
Temple Grandin asks autistic people she meets
after her talks what their favorite subject is and the most common response is
Andrea Gallo was an interesting audiobook narrator.
Great quote: "I've seen these cases--kids who are
considered to have severe behavior problems at school until you give them math
lessons that meet them where their brains are. Then their behavior normalizes,
and they become productive and engaged--maybe even model students."
Overall, if you would like to learn more about autism,
this is a great book with a lot of very interesting information.