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Temple Grandin’s New Book: Different, Not Less

I know I just posted a review the other day, but I couldn’t wait to get this in your hands once I finished reading Dr. Temple Grandin’s new book that isn’t even on shelves yet!

I don’t know if I can explain how it felt to sit at my computer and see Temple Grandin’s book on my screen BEFORE it went to print! I still get goosebumps thinking about it! I must start my review by thanking Future Horizons for such an amazing opportunity! Thank you to my readers, too, for giving me an audience! I wouldn’t have reviews and posts to write if it weren’t for you. Please read all the way to the end, Future Horizons has a really special treat for you!

Different, Not Less is Temple Grandin’s newest book–not even on store shelves yet! Dr. Grandin collected stories from adults on the spectrum. They share stories from growing up–from young childhood to college. These folks tell what their challenges and triumphs were. They boldly and bravely let us peek into their personal lives. Continue reading


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>Wednesday’s Woman–Temple Grandin Movie

>Well, I have a lot of ladies that want to be a Wednesday’s Woman but haven’t written their post yet. So, I’m going to review the Temple Grandin movie in case you haven’t seen it. Some weeks ago I wrote a short  post about it the day after the Emmy’s. I do not have HBO, so I had not seen it yet. The movie has finally reached Red Box, and I found it the other day. I am very pleased that I rented it.

Even if you do not know someone on the autism spectrum, this movie is worth watching simply for the great acting. You will not recognize Claire Danes. It really saddens me that she can’t win an Oscar for this performance. It is truly Oscar-worthy. I know she won an Emmy, but Oscars seem more prestigious. Julia Ormond and David Strathairn earned their Emmys as well. I don’t think it won anything for its music, but I thought the main theme had an underlying intensity that completely fits the world of autism.

I do not want to give too much away, so I will not share too many of the actual details of the movie. It starts with Temple arriving at her aunt and uncle’s cattle ranch the summer before she is to attend college. She does not want to go, as people are hard to understand. When her aunt escorts her up to the bedroom that will be hers, we get glimpses into Temple’s world–the ceiling fan is loud, the grate in the wall a source of repetitive fascination, no hugging allowed. She even asks the aunt, “How do I know this is MY room?” The aunt replies, “Because I said so.” However, she can sense Temple is still unsettled. She makes a sign and tapes it to the door, comforting Temple.

The story covers Temple’s diagnosis, experiences in high school, college, master’s work, and ends in 1981 at an autism conference. Of course the masterful storytellers do not leave things in order. As you watch Temple’s life unfold on the screen, you experience her discomfort around people, her sensory sensitivities, and her amazing mind. Those of us not on the spectrum cannot daily travel in the steps of those who are. The creators of this movie do a fantastic job showing us how Temple’s mind works, amplifying sounds and sensations, and making us feel her terror.

From a different perspective, the movie is extremely clean. I don’t think I heard a single swear word and there is no sexual activity. There is mention that the college administration and Temple’s co-eds consider her sexually perverted, but you can skip those few minutes if you feel your middle age child is not ready for such a discussion. The scenes about the cattle dips and the slaughterhouse have disturbing parts which you would probably want to fast forward for most children. However, I think even upper elementary students could watch most of this movie and learn about what it’s like to be someone else. It may even be a tool to give you a way to ask your autistic child if any parts of Temple’s experiences are like his own.

For a mere dollar at a RedBox kiosk you can rent this wonderful movie. It ends coming full circle and offering hope. When we were done, my husband said, “Temple is an amazing woman, but the hero of the movie is her mother.”  At the Emmy’s, Temple asked her mom to stand and her mom received much-deserved applause. So, moms, take heart and take courage. You may not get applause, but you are making a difference in your child’s life even when you don’t feel like you are. In a way, you are Wednesday’s Woman, too.


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>Temple Grandin Movie Wins Multiple Emmys!

>At the time I am writing this, I have seen only 10 minutes of HBO’s Temple Grandin movie. I do not have cable, and I was able to see a few minutes in a hotel this summer when I was at a conference. I was amazed at how Claire Danes had morphed into Temple! I could not believe my eyes.

I have been thinking about this movie a lot and wanting to see it, to get a look into my son’s mind. He is four, and though he is extremely verbal and bright, he cannot explain how he feels and thinks yet. The funny thing is, I asked my husband last night, which happened to be Emmy  night, “Can an HBO movie get nominated for Oscars?” He explained that it would be Emmys, not Oscars, because it is made for television. I clicked on Yahoo! to send an email this morning, and came up with this link. I am so excited! The movie was nominated a whole bunch of times and won a bunch as well, including Claire Danes, which I think is truly deserved.

Now, I know someone out there who comes across this is going to tell me they don’t like Temple Grandin for one reason or another. That’s the funny thing about the autism world. A lot of people are divided. However, whatever your opinion of her, I think it is exciting to get this kind of exposure for our children, and to have this tool available for people to get a glimpse into our children’s minds, to have a way to see what it is like for them when we can’t get them to understand. Thank you, HBO.