November 12, 2013
Temple Grandin, a woman who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three exceeds expectations, and limits placed on her as a child. Grandin has exceeded the expectation of not being able to talk to earning a PhD. Grandin developed an interest in livestock during her early life while spending time at her aunt’s and uncle’s ranch. Temple Grandin faced many obstacles in her early life due to her autism. She did not learn to talk until the age of four and had a very hard time socially in school. Grandin overall had a hard time dealing with people. Throughout her life Grandin suffered from sensory overload which lead her to create a “hug box”. The hug box helps to calm her during her meltdowns. The “hug box” is now used all over the world to help autistic children deal with their meltdowns caused by sensory overload. In addition, Grandin created a humane design for the treatment of cattle in the processing plants. Currently, Grandin is a professor at Colorado State University. She uses her time to speak on autism and the handling of animals which are both very important to her.
Temple Grandin because of her autism sees the world in a different way. In order to remember things, Temple Grandin has a photographic memory and recalls everything that she sees. Since Grandin had problems with human contact she finds that caring for animal is a substitute. She cares for animals as if they were human and strongly believed that animals should Bailey 2
be treated with care while they are alive because we are using them to benefit out bodies. This later led to Grandin creating a humane method for livestock that are on their journey to the slaughterhouse.
Grandin was misunderstood for majority of her life by almost everyone including her parents. She exceeded all expectations. For example, she was never supposed to be able to talk but she as equally verbal as a person who does not have autism. Temple Grandin is an...
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