Monday, March 1, 2010

Temple Grandin


I recently watched a movie about an autistic college professor called Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes as Temple, and also starring Julia Ormond (mother), Catherine O'Hara (aunt), and David Strathairn (teacher). Temple was born with autism and through the efforts of her mother and others, managed to learn to talk and go to school in spite of the setbacks autism caused. Temple was/is a very intelligent person and found ways and created inventions to help her deal with the issues surrounding her autism, such as her "squeeze machine" when she got over stimulated and needed to calm down. She also discovered that she thought and learned in pictures, much like animals do and came up with ground breaking research and inventions that led to the improvement of the handling of cattle at stockyards. I found the movie to be really interesting. If you get HBO, you might want to watch it the next time it's on, otherwise, Netflix it. It's a really good story.

7 comments:

tshsmom said...

Wasn't that the greatest movie?! I was so mad when those idiots modified her cow-dip chute!

Z ran across some of Ms Grandin's research a few months ago and started researching her. He was so inspired by all of her accomplishments. When the movie premiered on HBO a couple of weeks ago, Z made sure we were all watching it.

Vancouver Voyeur said...

Awww, I'm glad. I think she's a shining example that different is not inferior. If we could find a way to work with children who don't fit the mold and help them become the most accomplished people they can, who knows what great gifts they would bring to the world.

Anonymous said...

And thats a fact. After all who really fits what mold. Socity has so many pre-concived notions.
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tshsmom said...

This is why I love you girls so much...you GET IT!

Another lesson Z got from Ms Grandin was it's necessary to stand your ground when you know you're right.

Anonymous said...

Yes that's true also. Dig in those heals. :) The flip side is what I really hate, is when you have been proven wrong. And have to back down..Like admitting defeat. Me thinks VV likes the fight. She might have gotten some of that from family members :) am not sure which ones :)...p

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I thought it was a BEAUTIFULLY done film and that Clare Danes was BRILLIANT! An importany film, I think.

tweetey30 said...

This sounds like a great movie. I will go into my netflix and add right away or I will forget. We are awaiting Alf season two disk two right now... The girls just love Alf as I did when i was a kid...

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