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Emergence: Labeled Autistic

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A true story that is both uniquely moving and exceptionally inspiring, Emergence is the first-hand account of a courageous autistic woman who beat the odds and cured herself. As a child, Temple Grandin was forced to leave her "normal" school and enroll in a school for autistic children. This searingly honest account captures the isolation and fears suffered by autistics an

Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Arena Press (first published 1986)
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Temple Grandin has autism. This - her first autobiography - is more complex a work than I expected from someone with autism, and also a more simple work than anything written by most people who study it. That Grandin is able to write a narrative of her life is an incredible achievement, due in no small part to her mother's diligence in finding great teachers for her daughter. It's also indicative of the fact that autism can "improve" over time - or at least an individual with autism adds to thei ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book written by an amazing woman. I admire her so much. I wish I could have achieved in my life at least half of what she has. Her advice and message in this book stand true. My experience with working with those afflicted with autism has led me to the same conclusions as what she presents in her book. I recommend this book highly to everyone. It is a window to the inner-workings of the mind.
Jun 08, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
Grandin's first autobiography outlines her story of growing up in an era when autism was poorly understood to become a successful, functioning adult who has contributed extensively to animal studies as well as serving as an advocate for individuals with autism. The memoir is short, less than two hundred pages, and includes her own recounting as well as letters that her mother sent to various specialists, educators, as well as to Grandin. What emerges is the fact that Grandin's life would have be ...more
Joy H.
Feb 02, 2011 Joy H. marked it as decided-not-to-read-it  ·  review of another edition
I watched a film adapted from this book, _Emergence_.
Below is a copy of my comment (at my group) concerning the film:
I just finished watching the Netflix DVD of "Temple Grandin". I gave it 5 stars out of 5. It won many Emmy Awards. I found it amazing.
"Temple Grandin" (2010)
"Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin, a brilliant young woman coping with the stigma of autism ..."
Aug 17, 2010 Kakihara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults with or without autistic Children
Recommended to Kakihara by: Sachiel
Autism is a world beyond our world, a world we can only access if we really want to do it. I would like to congratulate Temple Grandin for being so brave in sharing with us all her knowledge she has accumulated during these years, if we learn to understand how this world works for autistic people, that is for sure we are going to make it a better place for everybody. Now that I know little bit more about autism and asperger than I knew before, I am glad to say that I am actually applying all of ...more
Jun 17, 2010 Katsumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asperger-autism
Temple Grandin succeeds in pulling her audience into her world. That world is as mysterious to those of us who are "normal" as an alien planet is to earthlings. We can now understand a little better what is going on in the mind of an autistic person. I highly recommend this book, especially for all of us who are blessed to have an autistic loved one in our families.
Joomi Park
Jul 24, 2016 Joomi Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 13, 2010 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers and people interested in autism
Recommended to Irene by: Inspired to read it after seeing "Temple Grandin" movie
Shelves: biography-memoir
I was inspired to read this book after watching the HBO movie Temple Grandin, which I highly recommend. The movie takes some artistic license, but overall, it really seems to portray Temple Grandin well.

This book is written mostly as a memoir, with information about autism studies, and Temple's own opinions about autism-related matters, interspersed in relevant places. Though Temple Grandin is neither a doctor nor a researcher, she writes with authority on a wide range of topics related to autis
Nov 29, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-to-a-friend
Temple Grandin has been a super-hero of mine for quite some time. Oliver Sachs first introduced her to me but I hadn't read any of her work until this book found its way into my heart. I wish I would have read this book earlier, it now makes so much sense . . . the fixations, the high sensitivity to the tactile feeling of clothes on one's skin, the temper tantrums, etc. For those challenged with special children (or adults), reading this book is sure to bring comfort and hope. Temple brings us i ...more
Mar 26, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was more complex than I was expecting, but it was very interesting. I work with children with Autism, so this gave me a better look into the world of Autism. I am very inspired by Temple Grandin and all that she has done with her life.
Apr 12, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book and thought it was amazing that an autistic person could be the writer, and be living a 'normal' life. I want to know more, as my nephew is autistic. So far, it's an amazing view inside the head of an autistic person!
A little repetitive over all, but what an interesting insight.
Lydia LaPutka
Apr 01, 2013 Lydia LaPutka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate to be gifted this book from a sweet friend. This allowed me to read it with a highlighter in hand, noting parts that I felt were important to me as an educator. I love that Ms. Grandin's beliefs often matched my own when it comes to medication. She stated, "In young children with a new diagnosis of autism, it is often best to try some of the biomedical approaches such as the casein-free (milk) and gluten-free (wheat) diets. Special diets have helped some children." I would add th ...more
Cait (Paper Fury)
Everyone and their pet fish thinks this book is wonderful. Baaaaa. Time to be the black sheep again. I appreciate that this is an honest and personal account of Temple Grandin's childhood, but I think it promotes some damaging ideals, aka: autism needs to be "fixed".

I mean, the book was really hot and cold on this?!?? Temple seemed to learn to accept herself and love her difference when she was in her 20s...but then she wrapped up the book by saying how good it was that she was "less autistic"
Makayla S.
Jan 02, 2017 Makayla S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book!! :) Temple writes about her life with Autism so well in this book. I highly recommend reading it!
Jun 02, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been reading a lot of nonfiction books this year, and I'd noticed that most of them left out the experiences of people with disabilities or mental illness. Over the last few weeks, I've been making a concerted effort to pick up more books about disabilities. So, somehow, this is the second book by Temple Grandin I've read in the last month.

Emergence: Labeled Autistic is a familiar story if you've seen the HBO movie with Claire Danes in the title role. It covers Temple's growing up with autis
Dec 11, 2007 Jafar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the chapters of Oliver Sacks’s An Anthropologist on Mars was about Temple Grandin – an autistic animal scientist. As a matter of fact, that book was named after her. During a conversation with Sacks, Grandin mentions that she feels like she’s an anthropologist on Mars: with her brain not having the innate ability of understanding other people’s emotions and motives and the intricacies of social interactions, she constantly feels like she’s in an alien territory.

This book is Grandin’s aut
Kacie Pinelli
Nov 30, 2016 Kacie Pinelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is called Emergence by Temple Grandin and Margaret M. Scariano. It is a true story. This book has 188 pages. Emergence is about a girl named Temple Grandin who is labeled autistic.

Temple Grandin seemed like a normal child. Temple couldn’t even speak until she was 4. The way she acted her mother loved her so much, but didn’t know what to do. Her mother took her to the doctor and he labeled her autistic. Temple’s mother put Temple into a regular school. Personally, in this time period,
Oct 25, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out about Temple Grandin in an odd bout of serendipity.

First, I saw her newest book at the UCI bookstore (already in itself a serendipitous meeting, since that entire trip was a whim). A few days later, I read a great paper that she wrote in 2009, "How does visual thinking work in the mind of a person with autism? A personal account." The following afternoon, Chuck pointed me to an autism conference, where Grandin happened to be the keynote speaker - at the Oshman JCC of all places, a t
Aug 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medicine
An interesting look into the world of autism by someone who has largely left it behind. This is the author's first book and her most personal, so some excuses must be made for the fact that it is not as polished as her later works on animal behavior. Plus, she tries to explain general concepts about autism using her own personal experiences, which makes for an easier method of understanding the world of autism, but a slightly more disjointed personal history. I came out of this very impressed wi ...more
Aug 28, 2016 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

As a person who was diagnosed with ASD quite late, I found that this book gave a very real and sympathetic account of how it actually feels to grow up with autism - obviously as you would expect from a book written by a woman with autism herself.

For me, I found this book helped me to find peace with myself that my feelings and experiences as a child were valid and that I wasn't alone. A diagnosis of ASD after living with it for a long time can sometimes make you feel angry an
Jan 29, 2011 Dahlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! If you've never heard of Temple Grandin you need to find out about her. She is an amazing woman. A friend told me to rent the movie, "Temple Grandin" from Netflix. I was so in awe as I watched this true story unfold. Temple was born in the 1950's with autism. The doctor told her mother that all they could do for her is to institutionalize her. Her mother refused and made her attend a boarding school. She pushed her from there to go to college knowing how brilliant Temple's mind was. After w ...more
Mckenzie Richardson
Temple Grandin is such an amazing person. I really enjoyed this book. It was well put-together and easy to follow. Grandin's insight into her experience with autism is awe-inspiring. Having read her book Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism first, this book clarified a lot of important concepts that I did not fully understand the importance of previously, such as the symbol of doors. If you are at all interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders, I highly recommend this book. It's a quick read a ...more
Aug 03, 2008 Marci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My book club selection for this month was Emergence: Labeled Autistic, by Temple Grandin. I found the book quite interesting and it was a rather quick read. It is written, with help, by an autistic woman who has been able to, in a sense, overcome her disability to make some wonderful discoveries and developments in livestock equipment. While I enjoyed reading the book, what I really found fascinating was our book club discussion on it. Two of the women in our group have autistic children and I f ...more
May 29, 2008 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this book for a Developmental Variations grad school course and already I'm blown away. It is the autobiographical story of a functioning autistic woman (she would call herself "recovered autistic" but I still notice some qualities of autism seep out in her writing). Regardless of what you label her, she is a successful woman who overcame her disabilities characterised by intense nerve attacks and tantrums, hitting as the only form of communication with peers, and deplorable school ...more
Aug 22, 2008 Jennybug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book that I ever would have picked up to read, had a friend of mine not suggested it to me. I really liked this book it was very interesting, informational, and sometimes disturbing. Not only is Temple an amazing person, but her mother's love for her, and desire to help her achieve her goals is just remarkable.
"Temple Grandin's triumph over autism affects us all-it is reaffirmed that the human spirit can overcome and even extract benefits from our extreme dysfunction's. It is a b
Jan 20, 2016 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 18, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, those with autism
Shelves: educational
I really learned a lot from the point of view in this book. I didn't read her earlier versions, but still appreciated the updates that were included as she learned more about herself and autism as a whole. This book and Born on a Blue Day (by Daniel Tammet) have been more helpful to my understanding of autism in its various forms than the many books I have received that are intended for teachers. I now think I can go back to those other books and their tips and advice will mean more to me now th ...more
Diana (Bever) Barber
In trying to understand my boys better, I picked up this book. It blessed me to do what I set out to do with the added measure of understanding myself better. Now I'm absolutely sure that "Asperger's" is not only the label that fits my boys, but it is what I have been dealing for as long as I can remember (as well as dyslexic and dyspraxic which often accompany Austism-spectrum challenges). We can learn to work around our challenges--to learn from them--and become productive members of society. ...more
May 14, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very intresting read.
I learned who Temple Grandin is, a few years ago, and have been interested in her story for that long. She was diagnosed as Autistic when she was a child, and spent a lifetime dealing with her limitations from that.
It's exciting and awe inspiring to read the things she has overcome, and her adult analization of her behavior as a child. Also the things she thinks would have or might have helped her then. Still as she grew up, she improved herself. She overcame her
Mar 29, 2014 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition I read was published in 1986 and the prefaces by a psychologist and one of Grandin's teachers are quite politically incorrect, referring to Grandin as a "recovered" autistic. Nonetheless these people's good intentions shine through clearly.

The book is amazing to read as a groundbreaking success story when autism therapy was in the dark ages. Grandin's insights must have had a huge impact at the time. It was also lovely to read the letter from her aunt predicting that Grandin would m
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Temple Grandin, Ph.D., didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the far side of darkness" in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, ...more
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