The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's
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Dr. Temple Grandins 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 wo...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Future Horizons
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Mina
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...more
Rosemaryknits
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...more
Emily
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...more
Jonathan Schildbach
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
Katsumi
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...more
Laura Cushing
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...more
Kaitron
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...more
Gail
Aug 07, 2010 Gail rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
D.
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
David
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
"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
Kaethe
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...more
Justin Tapp
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...more
Mallory
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
Audrey
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.
Jamie Hearn
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
Gerry Huntman
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...more
Ingrid
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
Erin Mcbrunnen
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.
J.J.
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...more
Mark
Jul 25, 2013 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Barbara
Good info and perspectives. A little tedious as an audio book because it's collected columns, not much narrative, but there were gems of insight along the way that got me to finish it. Would be better for picking up to read a little at a time.
Peebee
Temple Grandin rocks. This book should be required reading if you have someone on the autism spectrum in your life, or even if you don't, if you're interested in understanding autism and Asperger's better. It gets a little repetitive at times (due to a combination of this being a compilation of articles from different sources (causing overlap) and one of the autism behaviors, known as perseveration (tendency to obsessively focus on a particular topic). Many of Grandin's rules for appropriate beh...more
Morgan Plant
This is a collection of columns Temple Grandin wrote for an autism newsletter. I was looking to become more informed on the subject and this was just the ticket. I was struck as I read that the advice she offered to the parents and families of those with autism could have just as well been for those whose children or loved ones were not similarly situated. Her writing is clear and easy to understand and her personal observations about growing up as an autistic person were quite helpful and instr...more
Freder
Apr 19, 2014 Freder rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Asperger's community
Has some very good information and the author's outstanding perspective, but is less a book than a collection of articles, some of which are better than others.
Adaire
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a compilation of articles written by Temple Grandin for Autism-Asperger's magazine. Although it is more geared toward parents with Autistic children and or/people with autism, I received invaluable insight into the subject of Autism. I particularly enjoyed the chapers on the research that has been done on Autism, and the information about non-verbal autism. I really like the author's attitude about what it means to be autistic, how people should not let...more
Jill
Wow! reading this book has helped me immensely. Growing up I knew something was the matter with me and I never knew what it was. While going to therapy with Caleb and seeing how he acted (and according to his doctors) I learned he and I are both on the autism spectrum scale, along with having ADHD and OCD. After learning all of this in the last four years. I have been learning what I could, to better help us. I recommend this book to everyone, even if you are not on the spectrum. Temple Grandin...more
Midnight Blue
I requested this book from the local library when I found out that our six year old son might have Asperger's syndrome; I won't find out for sure until March or later, but this book gave me a lot of hope for the future whatever his diagnosis turns out to be. Temple makes the point over and over that people with autism and Asperger's syndrome have the potential to be extraordinary people, and that we shouldn't discount all the things that they are good at because of the things that are difficult...more
Dianne
Temple did talk a lot on ways to understand a person with Autism or Asperger's. It was interesting since I have worked in Special Ed when I work as a para at the public school and I have a niece with Autism.
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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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