Temple Grandin with a horse.
Temple Grandin would say that her autism has made her who she is. She sees what most people might see as negative as a positive thing. Without her autism, she might never have developed such a well functioning restraint system for cattle, or been able to shine so much light on what autism really is. Temple Grandin is a secure human being in that she understands herself and her needs and her limits enough to inform people on autism. Her hearing sensitivity helped her understand animals and their sensitivities as well, which has helped her in her field. When Temple was little, she was also good at art and was encouraged in her art. She used this talent to help her design her cattle facilities. Because Temple is a visual learner, she crawled through the cattle processing chutes to see it from the animals point of view, which inspired her designs. She likes to figure things out on her own, she likes challenges. She says "I take great satisfaction out of using my intellect." Temple Grandin is also very determined. She says "I am much less autistic now, compared to when I was young. I remember some behaviors like picking carpet fuzz and watching spinning plates for hours. I didn't want to be touched. I couldn't shut out background noise. I didn't talk until I was about 4 years old. I screamed. I hummed. But as I grew up, I improved." She is much more functional now because she persevered in improving her behaviour. Temple Grandin also says that her life is her work, and that is very important to keep someone with autism involved in the world, like her mother did with her, otherwise they will completely tune out. Also, in the 50's, manners were very important for children, which is one of the reasons why older people with autism, including Temple Grandin, all have jobs, because they were taught enough social skills to function in a workplace environment.
What we can learn from temple grandin
Temple Grandin teaches us many things. She can teach us to be at home with ourselves, as she is at home with herself. We could learn to make ourselves a better person, as she made herself into a higher functioning person with autism. We can understand better how someone with autism views the world, which might let us have better dealings with that person. Temple shows us perseverance in everything because eventually it should all work out. When our peers alienate us, or when we are having difficulty with something we should just continue through with our life. Her hard work may inspire us to do the same. She also inspires many people who have autism when she works with them, and when she does things that other people couldn’t do. Temple also reminds us to maintain humane dealings with animals. If people are good to animals, they are most likely to be kind to other people, too. She is making the world a better place in many different ways and I think that she should be looked up to and admired for what she has done.