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The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's

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Dr. Temple Grandin's voice of experience is back to give parents and teachers specific, practical advice on helping young people on the autism spectrum. This collection of articles, written from 2000-present as an exclusive column in the national award-winning magazine, Autism Aspergers Digest, offers Temples invaluable personal and professional insights, from inside the w ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Future Horizons
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jun 06, 2016 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, 2015
"The Way I See It" is a look at autism and Asperger's syndrome from someone who it contends with it every day. The author is Temple Grandin, who is a big-name and animal behavior in animal psychology. In fact, autism has helped her become successful in her field because of the way that she sees the world. I have really enjoyed her other books and I especially enjoyed the books about her own personal struggles with autism. Autism and Asperger's syndrome affect many people. No one knows what cause ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Rosemaryknits rated it really liked it
I read through this book because I adore Temple Grandin. However, as a compilation of separate articles, this book has no flow, no continuation, and is rather repetitive, as the articles were originally written as stand-alone pieces. This does not diminish my admiration for Ms. Grandin, however.

I especially love how she points out, over and over again, that parents need to take charge of their kids. Parents need to expect and demand proper behavior from their children. I love the part where she
May 29, 2009 Mina rated it it was ok
This is another book sent for me to review . . .

A big plus for most readers today is that this book is easy to read. I finished it in just a few hours. The writing is perfectly at level for most reading audiences. I also think that parents of Autistic children and those with Aspgergers are going to like this book. It appears to be helpful for parents, especially. Now, for all of the praise I just heaped, I am going to come up with a few points I didn't like about the book, and I will list them h
Jun 02, 2009 Kaitron rated it it was amazing
I am just a bit into this book, but it is full of very concrete, helpful advice for working with kids with AS disorders. I wish that I had read this when I was working in EI. Though I am reading it with professional's eye, it is written in very clear, straightforward way. This is a result of Dr. Grandin's diagnosis and thank goodness for that! In other words, in my own circuitous way what I am trying to say is that this is a great book for professionals and parents alike.

One of my favorite piece
Jonathan Schildbach
Dec 08, 2013 Jonathan Schildbach rated it liked it
The title of this book is a bit misleading. That is, I expected that "A Personal Look" would be more focused on Grandin's own life and experiences. Instead, this is a compilation of articles Grandin has written, mostly involving practical advice on how to pursue help for people on the autism spectrum in either school or the work world. There is personal information in it, and she relates information to her own experiences on occasion, but this book is more like an advice book for parents dealing ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Katsumi rated it really liked it
Shelves: asperger-autism
Part biography, part self aggrandizing, part text book, Dr. Grandin takes you into her world of Autism through magazine articles previously published and reorganized into an easier to follow format that incorporates her opinions on the inner workings of Autism and Asperger's.

I loved her comment about -- if it wasn't for Autism we would be a world full of highly social people who would accomplish very little. The Social people are not going to want to spend the time necessary to create great art
Aug 07, 2010 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: autism
Great book. Divided into small concise sections about various issues relating to the autistic spectrum. Temple Grandin gives practical information and advice to people on the spectrum and their parents and carers.

Her focus is largely on encouraging people on the autistic spectrum to pursue their special interests, and not to try to become something they are not. She emphasises that the focus should not be on weaknesses but on strengths. At the same time, she is big on the importance of following
Feb 27, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The Way I See It is a complication of articles Ms. Grandin has written for the Autism Asperger's Digest magazine over the past decade or so, grouped into loose categories. The nature of the format means that the book is somewhat repetitive and choppy with little, if any, transition between the short articles (often only 3-4 pages each).

Ms. Grandin provides solid information on how people on the Spectrum think, how to help them broaden their skill sets and deal with sensory issues, with an emphas
Laura Cushing
Jan 06, 2011 Laura Cushing rated it liked it
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Recommended for: Parents of autistic/aspergers children

This is my first book read in the new year. The book is really a collection of articles written by the author over the years. A lot of them dealt more with children with autism and aspergers than they did adult topics, and therefore weren't entirely relevant to me. I did however recognize some of the behaviors and difficulties I had as a child. I would recommend this book to the parents of a child on the spectrum more
Mar 26, 2011 D. rated it liked it
I think highly of Temple and admire her advocacy and openness when it comes to sharing her views as a woman with ASD. There is a lot of valuable information in this book, especially for those just exploring the autism spectrum. I disagree with some of Temple's ideas and approaches to parenting and educating children on the spectrum. The key thing for me to remember whilst reading is that this is the way Temple sees it based on her experiences. This book is a worthwhile read for parents and educa ...more
Aug 20, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Compilation of short articles about various aspects of autism and Asperger's based in large part on her own experience of being autistic. Always iffy to draw general conclusions from one's own experience (i had tremendous noise sensitivity, so people with autism are noise sensitive), but she supplements the personal anecdotes with information gleaned from people who write her or come to hear her speak, as well as more systematic research. Her ability to analyze the condition objectively, acknowl ...more
Loraine Langley
Very good book. It is great to have the insight of someone who actually is Autistic rather than someone who has only studied those who are Autistic. It gives a whole new perspective on the daily situations and life of a person with opposed to those without. What I liked about Temple's book more than others is that she gives you a sample situation and then also gives you a possible solution. Other books just tell you what is wrong and give various situations about what is going wrong but offer no ...more
Rebecca Carlsen
Aug 19, 2013 Rebecca Carlsen rated it really liked it
"The Way I See It" by Temple Grandin is an excellent resource for anyone who is dealing with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or just interested in finding out more about Autism. It is a collection of articles she has written covering every aspect of autism and, because she has Autism herself, is really insightful, concise, and logical, with the unique perspective of someone on the Autism Spectrum. I highly recommend this book - especially to parents of children with an ASD. I am definitely going to ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Professor Grandin ever since I saw her on 60 Minutes several years ago. I recently watched the HBO film "Temple Grandin" and became even more interested in her life and her work on behalf of people on the Autism Spectrum.

The Way I See It is a compilation of articles Temple Grandin has written over the course of several years. The descriptions she gives of the various forms of Autism, and how they effect behavior is eye-opening. She talks about the way she "thinks in picture
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it
This is a collection of columns from Autism Aspergers Digest, with additional updates. Grandin does a great job of advocating for different ways of teaching and helping those with a diagnosis on the spectrum, and she covers topics all over the subject. Each section includes specific references, for those who want to learn more on the subject. That material is all great and very helpful in its presentation.

There is a bit too much about how much better behaved kids were when Grandin was a child, a
Justin Tapp
Mar 07, 2014 Justin Tapp rated it really liked it
The Way I See It, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's. I recommend reading either Grandin's autobiography or other biographies (my review) before starting this one, just so you can see what Grandin has overcome and what she has experienced. It will also give you details on the personal anecdotes she briefly shares on these pages. Those experiences color her observations and advice.

I say this book is a must-read for anyone with a child on the autism spectrum
Jun 09, 2010 Mallory rated it liked it
this was an interesting book about autism/Asperger's... i think i would have enjoyed reading one of her earlier books that describes the experience of being on the autism spectrum a bit more than i would did this book. it got repetitive nearing the middle of the book...while i was looking to be educated on how to handle situations i face with folks who are autistic, i found it a little too specific and more directed towards folks who actually have the disorder rather than those who interact with ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Ginger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: therapy
If I were a parent or teacher of an autistic child, this book would've been more meaningful. Most of the book was geared toward understanding the autistic kids in our lives. It was still a good book, though.

I read this book because multiple people have noticed similarities between my personality and that of someone with Asperger's. I was hoping maybe Temple Grandin could give me some insights. While I didn't find the book all that helpful in that regard, I did find it very interesting. And I rea
Aug 28, 2013 Audrey rated it really liked it
A good read for anyone who wants to learn about autism and asperger's. It is a collection of articles, so easy to read. Not overly detailed. Grandin being autistic makes this book more credible and her research helps us understand the needs of these people. A good resource.
Reem Alwasiah
Nov 02, 2014 Reem Alwasiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enlightening book.
Highly recommended for the ones interested to learn about the spectrum.
Jan 01, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
As usual, the marvelous Temple Grandin contributes her practical knowledge and personal insights to those of us living with, caring for people with, and/or studying, ASD's. This book is a series of articles collected from the Autism Aspergers Digest website - herself a columnist - and as such, each chapter is a selection of closely related topics on the subject. It is, then, necessarily the case that this book of articles does not go into much depth on each topic. There is no 'but' to this comme ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Shae rated it it was amazing
This book was such an eye opener for me about the Autism Spectrum -- from understanding that it is a developmental disorder based in the brain, affecting verbal-language, sensory issues, social issues, and behavior to understanding how someone with Autism thinks or processes differently from a neurotypical person. Temple Grandin writes so clearly and logically and with so much authority from her own experiences of being on the spectrum and from a great deal of research. The book is basically a c ...more
Gerry Huntman
May 01, 2011 Gerry Huntman rated it really liked it
As a father of a child with ASD/AS, it would be inevitable that I would find this book useful - and I did. I have read her two most famous books - Thinking in Pictures and Emergence, which I rated high, and which complemented each other, telling us the Temple Grandin story. This book isn't like that - it is essentially a re-edited compilation of articles that she wrote over 8 years for a leading ASD/AS magazine.

This format slightly takes the publishing sheen off the book - there is some repetiti
Aug 26, 2012 Ingrid rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read on this topic, and as such I consider it a good introduction. Covers a broad range of topics concerning ASD spectrum disorders, which was just what I was looking for. It will give you sort of a birds eye view of most of the stuff you could possibly want to know, and includes a list of recommended reading at the end of each essay should you want to research a topic further. Given the way in which these short essays came about I quite often found that a lot of detail ...more
Apr 25, 2016 Noemi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, also other humans
Recommended to Noemi by: probably someone from my teaching program
This was such a good book! This book challenged many ideas I had about autism (such as the idea that ALL people on the spectrum were visual thinkers), and raised a lot of interesting questions. I like how this book addresses different audiences, including parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum. As a teacher, I found all of these perspectives quite valuable.

This is also one of those books that makes you really want to meet the author! Grandin sometimes made me laugh out loud. In her t
Jul 18, 2015 Nadia rated it it was amazing
The author makes no pretense of this book being anything more than her experience and her opinions - taken as such, I found it to be tremendously helpful for anyone who is seeking to better understand Autism and Asperger's syndromes. There are also many practical suggestions contained within the book, underlined throughout with the caution that each individual is different and the best thing to do is find what works for the individual in question.
Erin Mcbrunnen
Jul 07, 2014 Erin Mcbrunnen rated it really liked it
I am so glad that Temple Grandin gives autistic families someone else to focus on other than Jenny McCarthy. But like with so many others, having a severely autistic child myself, I look at her accomplishments and applaud her sure, but what about those of us with children who cannot function? It's comparing apples and watermelons.
Aug 13, 2015 Beth added it
Fascinating look at Autism from an insider's point of view. Temple Grandin has reviewed much research, examined her own life/experiences and had many conversations with people with Autism in order to understand the various manifestations of this condition and to promote effective ways to facilitate learning and understanding. I suspect many techniques would be effective for the whole population! I kept thinking that this book should probably be required reading in teacher's college!
Oct 28, 2011 J.J. rated it really liked it
The four stars are for the content, which I found very thought-provoking. The book repeats itself some, and it's not the smoothest read. While the writing isn't unforgettable, the issues will be in my head for a long time.

It was some required reading for my job, so I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own. I'm glad I did because of the look it offered into non-neurotypical thinking, whatever that is. And while the book is geared toward autism spectrum disorder, I thought a lot of her adv
Jul 25, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: self-help gurus
Recommended to Mark by: secret
This book mostly consists of a compilation of various magazine/journal articles that Temple Grandin has written over the last 10 years or so.
A reasonably good introduction and basic information is given about autism, Aspergers' syndrome, HFA, and similar (sensory) disorders, with a strong
focus on childhood AS. If the reader is looking for some more extensive (introductory) information about adult Asperger's and/or HFA and how to cope with it, then this book may not be the best place to look or c
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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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