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

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,499 ratings  ·  180 reviews
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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This book is [mostly] a collection of articles by Grandin and suffers from the typical issues of article and blog post collections: repetition and lack of depth.

I've read a fair amount of Aspie stuff online over the years, but mostly avoided published Autism related stuff as it's so focused on childhood development. There is some good stuff here, and I mostly enjoyed it, but I think I might enjoy her book The Autisitic Brain more.

I feel Grandin's personal variation as visual thinker biases her
Czarny Pies
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: I would encourage anyone owning it not to read it.
In contrast to "Thinking in Pictures" which is a classic in autistic literature, this work is absolutely dreadful. Temple is a star on the parent conference circuit and presumably purchased this for the sole purpose of having something to sell to autograph seekers. She comes across as impatient crank urging parents to be firm and strict. In fact Temple owes her success in life to a remarkably flexible and accommodating mother. If you must buy it in order to secure her autograph. Do not read it. ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, non-fiction, memoir
"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 13, 2012 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
Feb 27, 2009 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
A. L.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personally, this book was wonderful. As the parent of an autistic child, there was such a wealth of knowledge and ideas and things I marked to try with my child. It really gave me so much more of an insight than all the doctors we’ve seen because this is from a woman who is actually autistic, who is on the inside.
I have to say, I’m not clear on why a few people who are vegan or vegetarian are using that as a reason to criticize the book. Temple Grandin’s career in animal husbandry, includes sla
Jonathan Schildbach
Oct 09, 2013 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
Jun 17, 2010 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
Jul 19, 2010 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
I learned so much from this book, it was incredible. What a helpful, well-written book. Seriously, I am thoroughly impressed.

The reason I gave it was 3 stars was because it was repetitive. Because it was a collection of 32 essays, published at different times a lot of the information was told over and over again. Like if I had to hear the story about Temple's boss giving her deodorant, I was going to put the book down. So that was difficult and forced me to push through. Additionally, some of Te
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few books on autism now in the hopes to find something that will help me with a student I am feeling stuck with. This is the first book I've read written by someone with autism, and it was just what I needed. Dr. Grandin is just an all around awesome person. It was so helpful to read about her journey from childhood to college and a successful career. She explains what it was like for her as a child with autism, and she includes perspectives of others who have different experiences w ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating book. A must read for parents of autistic child, anyone who has to deal with autistic person, anyone who works with public. I would say everyone. You can understand for example why your co-worker is so weird. And how to deal with it.
And make sure you read her other books. Absolutely amazing woman. But she wouldn't be who she is if it wouldn't be for her mother. Thats why I believe that this book should be taught in school.
Laura Cushing
Jan 03, 2011 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
Feb 26, 2011 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
Mar 06, 2011 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 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
Jun 09, 2010 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
Loraine Langley
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 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
Nov 25, 2012 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. ...more
Reem Alwasiah
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enlightening book.
Highly recommended for the ones interested to learn about the spectrum.
Brent M.  Jones
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book, “The Way I See It” by Temple Grandin PH.D., is especially interesting, since the author has had her place on “the spectrum”, having autism since birth. Autism is a developmental disorder with different degrees of strengths and challenges. Individuals who are very close to the same place on the spectrum may react with very different levels of severity. Every person with autism is unique and that is why it is referred to as a spectrum disorder. The issues can range from problems of being ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me preface this review by saying I’m a behavior interventionist that works with kids with autism (and other developmental disabilities.)

This book was aptly named “The Way I See It” as it is a collection of articles and essays that she wrote that are based on her opinion (though she cites her sources in depth.)

I’ve heard that her other books are written in a different format, (not a collection of essays/articles) and I’m intrigued to read one of those as I found this book very redundant. Tha
Meghan Davis strader
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m glad I read Dr. Grandin’s mother’s book first. However, I still really enjoyed the perspective Temple gave. She talks about some common problems among the spectrum kids including passage comprehension, personal care and motivation troubles. I loved that she talks about what motivated her and some of the struggles she had in school. If you’re looking for some practical strategies to try for some specific problems, this would be a great book to read!
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I had already learned a lot about autism when I picked up this book, so I didn't learn a lot more, but I did like reading about TG's experience as an autistic person and appreciated her insights and candid voice. She seems quite an admirable person. This is a collection of short articles, and the ideas were therefore somewhat repetitive. It's divided in topical sections, which allows the reader to pick what interests him/her and skip other stuff. I ended up skimming a few chapters. ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A very forward and engaging look at how people with autism spectrum disorders think and operate. The chapters are broken down clearly and Temple has a blunt writing style. My only complaint is that many of her examples and, quite frankly, exact sentences were used repeatedly. Some several times within a chapter. A good introduction into ASD particularly for parents and teachers.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-it
Wonderfully insightful. Temple is an amazing women who has a a lot of advice and knowledge to share. I have been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum for the last five year and there were a lot of useful things in this book to help me as I continue to learn more about ASD. This is a great resource for anyone parenting someone or loves someone with ASD.
Jennifer Weeks Ph.D
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Perhaps I will be committing sacrilege by saying this but I was completely underwhelmed by this book. Temple Grandin does great things and is a force for animal welfare advocacy. She has brought a greater understanding to the world of ASD. However, this book just felt redundant and not hugely useful.

Wow I feel kind of bad saying that.....
Sheila Ann
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All books, videos and articles by Temple Grandin are extremely informative. If you want to know the inner thoughts of individuals with autism and helpful hints for yourself or others.... read Temple Grandin!
Anne Lewis
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I have a granddaughter on the spectrum. Temple Grandin's experiences gave me some insight into how I can be supportive of my granddaughter. I've put a lot of what I've learned into practice. ...more
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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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