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Interview with Temple Grandin
Posted on Monday, January 02 @ 17:17:46 EST by
WrongPlanet Tips I recently had the amazing opportunity of speaking to the most well-known autistic individual in the world, Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin has appeared on the Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 hours, ABC's Primetime Live, and 20/20. She has been featured in publications such as Time Magazine, People Magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times. She is well-respected for desigining the majority of livestock facilities in the United States.

What follows is the transcript text of my video interview With Temple Grandin. A video and transcript of her FutureQuest keynote speech will be available in the future.

WrongPlanet.net:What do you think about curing Autism? You've said things like "genius comes from autism" but you've also supported the ABA.

Temple Grandin:Well the thing is, with a little bit of autism, you know, if you have mild autism, you'll get genius like einstein. Too much of autism, you're going to have a severely handicapped child who's going to remain nonverbal and if you don't do things like aba, they're not going to function at all. There is no way with any treatment they have that you're going to cure autism. There's basic abnormalities in brain development.

I would think in an ideal world, you don't want to have people who cant talk, but on the other hand, you definitely don't want to get rid of all of the autism genetics becvause if you did that, there'd be no scientists. After all, who do you think made the first stone spear back in the caves? It wasn't the really social people.

If we didn't have a little of the autism trait we wouldn't even have this building here today with all the electricity in it, your video camera, powerpoint shows... None of this stuff would even exist.

WP: So if there were something that cured all the autism genes, you wouldn't support that?.

TG:No, I would not support that. becase there is a point where mild autistic traits are part of normal human variation. Because on the other end of the spectrum you have Williams Syndrome, and if you look at the brain abnormalities, they're exactly the opposite of autism. the whole back of the brain, where the hard drive is--there isn't too much there. But all the social emotional circuits are hooked up so [people with Williams Syndrome] are hyper, hyper, social. I'm gonna bet you there's a lot of yackety yackety salesman that don't talk about much of anything who are Williams Syndrome variants. But then you get to a point where a person [with Autism] cannot talk, they're self inuring themselves, and they cannot live independently. That [is something] you would want to eliminate, if possible, but you would not want to get rid of all the autism genes because you wouldn't have any computers-- you wouldn't have any scientists.

WP: I know there are groups like Cure Autism Now who are looking to test for Autism before someone is born. What are your thoughts on prenatal testing?

TG: Well, the problem with autistic traits, it's a continuum of traits.

WP:Right, a spectrum

TG: and [with] a little bit of the trait, you get einstein. There is a book called Asperger's and Self Esteem and its about famous scientists and musicians that probably were aspergers.

The genetics of it are probably going to be complicated. There is not going to be one single gene for autism. So i think they're quite a ways away from a genetic test. Its not like fragile x syndrome where there is a very obvious genetic abnormality.

WP: What do you think about online communication and the role it plays with helping HFA and aspergers communicate more because there are obviously a lot of websites out there where people can get help with social stuff.

TG: HI think thats a helpful thing--I think thats a really really helpful thing. But the things I feel very strongly about are things like developing your career. I'm a livestock handling specialist first and autistic secondly. And I think all of these websites are a really good thing but you don't want to have that take over where you're not working on your career in computer science which is extremely important. You also want to be on other websites for computer science where you're talking about things related to your job.

There is not enough emphasis in the special ed field on careers. Thats why I have my little book called developing talents. Because the thing about the autistic brain--it tends to be a specialist brain--good at one thing, bad at something else. And we need to be getting into a lot more emphasis on developing what they can be good at.

What you have to do is sell your skills rather than yourself. I'm a big believer in making portfolios. Make a nice portfolio of some of your very best coding. People are going to look at that and say 'wow, that's really good coding'.

That's something I've had to do my whole life-- I mean, I sold jobs by sending out a portfolio of drawings and picturees of jobs i have designed. I sell my work rather than myself.

The problem with the whole thing on curing autism is we do want to do something about low functioning autism. But the upper end.

WP:What do you think about the social aspect with Aspergers?

TG:I think there are basic social skills people need to learn. In my field there are lots of 40 and 50 year old head of maintenance engineers that are Aspergers and i think they're functioning because in the 50s, basic social skills were drilled into all kids. Things like manners, things like not being rude. And in today's society being looser, I think it really hurts the Aspergers children. I had table manners drilled into me as a child. I had things like please and thank you drilled into me as a child. And when I look back at that, that was really a good thing. And I'm seeing way too many Asperger kids who are total slobs. There is just no excuse for that. And you happen to look very nice. I want to commend you for that.

WP:Thank you.

TG: When I was little i was taught to say please and thank you, that I couldn't comment on fat ladies in the supermarket. And I recently went to a talent show at an autism school and some of [the kids] were dressed as complete slobs in front of 500 people. I think that's ridiculous.

WP: When were you diagnosed?

TG:Well, I'm fifty-eight so I was originally diagnosed as brain damaged. And I had the full blown symptoms. I had no speech until I was three and half to four years old.

WP: What are your thoughts on coping with an adulthood diagnosis?

TG: Well I think the most important thing that I find is happening is a lot of people are functioning reasonably well at work but their married life is a mess because the spouse doesn't understand what's going on. The best thing in that situation is reading a lot of books.

Sometimes in an adult a formal diagnose isn't all that wise. I think a lot of people can get the DSM-IV from amazon read the criteria and they're done. And a lot of these older engineers don't even know what aspergers is...

I get concerned that sometimes this diagnosis can hold a person back.

See, the thing is, It's a continuum. When does a computer nerd become Aspergers? There is no black and white dividing line. I was full blown autistic, but then as you move up the scale to science nerds--as you move up the scale, when is computer nerd a medical diagnosis? It's not clear cut.

I think the Human brain is so complicated that an absolutely perfectly wired human brain wouldn't ever be possible.



               


 
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Re: Interview with Temple Grandin (Score: 1)
by seethaki Monday, January 02 @ 17:38:13 EST
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Very interesting interview--thanks!



Re: Interview with Temple Grandin (Score: 1)
by berta Wednesday, January 04 @ 05:23:17 EST
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i wish she hadnt made that book against veganism. i dont feel good about her represeting the HFA/asperger community. good interview though! video YAY!



Re: Interview with Temple Grandin (Score: 1)
by 1210donna Sunday, January 08 @ 04:18:46 EST
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I notice Temple hasn't answered when she was formally diagnosed with autism. We know she was assessed as brain damaged as a child and that her mother filled out a checklist in retrospect and ascertained she'd been autistic as a child, and yes, she was a late speaker but a percentage of the non-autistic population doesn't speak till 3, 4, even 6 too. As an adult she was re-diagnosed with Asperger's. It would be useful to hear at what age she was formally diagnosed with autism. Also, there are many non-autie engineers, scientists and techies and many would not qualify for a diagnosis of Aspergers. They may be conscientious and obsessive but this, in itself, isn't Aspie, its conscientious and obsessive and is a general human trait, one of the 16 identified personality traits that some of us, autie or not, will have. So just because a majority of high achieving Aspies become engineers, scientists and techies does not equate with the world never would have advanced without those with Aspergers... its way too comfortable a thought for those who fit that category, but its predjudiced and haughty to proclaim that all non-auties are mediocre no matter how you frame it. As for the idea Aspies created the first spears, that is a big leap. Sure, non-auties are social but a starving non-autie will certainly channel social instinct into preserving the lives of all in caring out that spear. Reverse predjudice of any kind worries me... the bullied and oppressed should not aspire to reducing all credit and worth of any kind but their own. Where is our shared humanity? If I'm starving and am offered food, I don't ask the hand if its on the spectrum nor does the hand ask me first if I am not. Many so called 'low functioning' people contribute to society as they educate us in tolerance and appreciation of equality, they are our silent teachers. What is science and technology without the power of humanitarian insight, reflection or arts. We are not just minds, we are also souls. The statement about those with Williams syndrome having 'not much back there' really lack awareness of our shared equality. My father was a yabberer, a used car salesman akin to someone bipolar and dyslexic with ADHD. But he could do characterisations and voices, make people laugh and his smile was infectious, his acceptance of people moved strangers and has someone like him thought contributed nothing to our society? His incessant silliness, surrealism and nonsense gave me humor and stopped me taking myself so seriously, one of the only things that could break through an iron resolve to remain at war with a world I felt alienated from and it was a piece of light in a war zone with a psychopath,... nobody can reduce this to 'nothing'. I have met hundreds of children and adults on the spectrum in my work as a consultant and I saw potential in all, no matter the co-morbid conditions they sometimes cripplingly suffered, no matter how meaning deaf or meaning blind, how chemically imbalanced and everything that ever flowed from that. And I would help them reach their higher potential but I would not see that as being to become yet another engineer, scientist or techy, but what it is in them to be. I've seen people climb mountains to achieve the ability to deliver the local paper, type a poem, brush someone's hair and if we lose all sense of the glory of such small and great accomplishments then we have lost the word relativity. May we never be so blind. No, I was not silent. I was echolalic and had dysfunctional speech till age 9-11. I began to be able to roughly converse in late childhood. Chances are I have 'nothing back there', just like my father. But if that is so, then I made castles from dust and sent them into the world as books, music, art and sculptures. I can barely operate the internet and I'll never be a scientist, but I have conquered what it is to accept myself as a human being of worth and equality and, equally accept as my equals all those like me and all those who are not. Warmly, Donna Williams *) ever the naughty autie committed to tearing down walls.



Re: Interview with Temple Grandin (Score: 1)
by Captain_Brown Sunday, July 23 @ 15:18:17 EDT
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I commend Wrong Planet and Temple Grandin for this awesome interview. Although Temple Grandin didn't say when she was diagnosed, but otherwise this interview was excellent. I hope Wrong Planet continues to do interviews with other Autists.



Re: Interview with Temple Grandin (Score: 1)
by RachelLugiagirl Sunday, September 17 @ 10:03:15 EDT
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Thids is good. i would love to know what happens if you don't have a talent.



Re: Interview with Temple Grandin (Score: 1)
by dianacares Wednesday, October 10 @ 22:55:15 EDT
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I am 38 yrs old woman and was diagnosed with Austism and Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at age 34. Are there any people on this site with these dual diagnosis? "Normal" IQ



Re: Interview with Temple Grandin (Score: 1)
by EvoVari Wednesday, November 12 @ 18:51:30 EST
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It was comforting to get a view that was original and not biased by politically correct autism terms. You can take what you want from the interview or not. When I suggested brain abnormalities as causation for ASD behaviour I got bashed with a big stick(metaphorically speaking) by a highly intelligent AS at another site. I logically assumed this would be the case for our extreme responses and behaviour. Her view was extreme stress is the culprit, no brain area change. Thank you TG for that comment and others which I made a connection with. Did not agree with you TG on late dx comment. My late adult dx has helped me better understand my behaviour and function more confidently socially. It also gave my wife understanding in regards to my behaviour as parent and husband. These are helpful interviews WP.



Re: Interview with Temple Grandin (Score: 1)
by aspiartist Tuesday, August 19 @ 21:27:16 EDT
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I didn't care at all for this interview. I have read only one of Grandin's books because it really didn't speak to me at all about autism so I couldn't read any others. It saddens me very much because the public doesn't need to be confused any more than it already is about autism. Donna Williams' comments say it exquisitely better than I ever could and I can only be eternally grateful to her for that.



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