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am 20. Juli 2009
Vielleicht ist es ihr Autismus, der die Autorin das Thema Tiere von allen Seiten betrachten und viele Studien heranziehen lässt, die in diesen Zusammenhängen noch gar nicht gesehen wurden.

Vieles kannte ich, aber sie hebt es auf eine andere Ebene UND BEGRÜNDET ES.
Z.B. dass Tiere fast nur DETAILS wahrnehmen, wir Menschen dagegen andauernd konzeptualisieren und uns deswegen viel entgeht (was Tieren z.B. Furcht einjagt).
Oder dass Schmerz für Tiere eine andere Bedeutung hat UND WARUM das so ist.
Oder warum Mischlinge seltener aggressiv sind als Rassehunde.
Oder dass Tiere (und wir!) viel besser über Beobachtung lernen, nicht durch Selbermachen.
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am 21. Dezember 2008
Von der Autorin Temple Grandin habe ich das erste mal in einer Fernseh-Kurzreportage gehört und ihre Geschichte hat mich gleich gefesselt.
In diesem Buch beschreibt sie ihr Leben als Autistin, ihre Kindheit und wie sie für sich selbst Mittel entdeckt hat, unangenehme Seiten ihrer Autismusform zu kontrollieren bzw. zu kanalisieren.
Darüber hinaus berichtet sie über ihr besonderes Verhältnis zu Rindern und wie sie die Nutztierhaltung in den USA revolutioniert hat (zum Positiven für die Rinder).
Es ist ein großartiges, aber in Englisch nicht ganz leicht zu lesendes Buch, das auch viele Einblicke in die wissenschaftlichen und medizinischen Seiten des Autismus gibt.
Als einzigen negativen Punkt empfand ich, dass Grandin sich an manchen Stellen wiederholt.
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am 28. April 2000
This is a must-read book for parents, professionals, and teenagers/adults living with autism (it is not appropriate for younger readers). It is easy to read, entertaining and informative. Readers will come away with a greater understanding of autism and how widely the spectrum of autistic disorders can vary, as well as what to do to help someone with autism.
Ms. Grandin's greatest gift lies in her ability to understand both the worlds of non-autistics and autistics alike. Using her personal experiences as well as significant contributions from other people, she explains how baffling the world is to a person with autistism, in terms of unwritten social codes, our reliance on verbal thinking, relationships, appearances, etc. She discusses concrete ways in which autistics can be helped to integrate with society -- in families, friendships, other relationships, schools, and jobs.
Her chapter on medication is valuable, discussing how autism often requires different doses than are commonly prescribed. This is information that isn't readily available unless you are working with a physician who has extensive experience with autistic patients. Since an autistic person is highly sensitive, the effects of behavior modification medications are often amplified, requiring a lower dose. Particular attention needs to be given to medication combinations.
There is also information on many of the related disorders that often accompany autism, such as sensory integration disorders, Tourrette's Syndrome, ADD, etc. Everything is written from the perspective of the autistic with Ms. Grandin acting as translator.
Besides being informative, the book is optimistic in its view of autism. Ms. Grandin plainly credits autism for her success in her chosen profession. In fact, my only criticism of the book is the length of time she devotes to discussing her career path (this information is also contained in her earlier book "Emergence" ). However, this information may be motivating to autistics reading the book as she certainly has achieved remarkable things. She also includes a chapter on other highly accomplished autistics, with the message that different neurological wiring can be a great asset if properly supported early in life.
It is an informative, inspirational book that opens a window on autism and lets the rest of the world look in and understand.
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am 3. Juni 2002
Maybe you've read Oliver Sacks' story about the anthropologist from Mars: here she is: Temple Grandin, an autist, who is thinking in pictures, who is seeing the wolrd from a "cow's eye view". If you want to get an approach to the worlde of autism, how autists feel think, and experience life, read this book.
As Temple Grandin majored in Behavioral sciences (she' s an expert for cattle, invented special corrals etc.) she views her own life critical and with a high degree of insight and self-reflection. En passant, you will learn a lot about behavioral biology of cows, which are her favourite animals, and which she studied thoroughly. This is an amazing book, insightful and entertaining. 5 stars!
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am 24. Mai 2004
Not only opened Temple Grandin my eyes further to understand the workings of an autistic mind but whilst reading her book I came to really admire her. She has been able to master her disability and - I have to admit - master her life better than e.g. I feel to have mastered mine.
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am 8. Mai 2000
This is the book that, from its first sentence, opened the door for me to understanding my son's world. I read it three years ago and still remember having to put the book down every paragraph or two, clutch my forehead, and say "Oh, my God, that's what's going on." It describes more clearly and convincingly than any other source the sensory experience of autism, and provides a much-needed view of the positive side of the condition. It's also very easy to read. The only caveat I could offer is that treatments have advanced so much since this book was published that its information is out of date. Otherwise, absolutely indispensable.
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am 5. Dezember 1999
Temple Grandon has given the reader an insider's view of autism in THINKING IN PICTURES. As the book progresses, the reader gets a sense of the cognitive wall that separates autistic people from their surroundings. I was impressed with the way Grandon was able to explain the different catagories of autism, and what strategies some high functioning autistics(such as herself) use to succeed in our society.
She explains complex concepts in layman's terms. No advanced degree is needed for comprehension of the book's material.
Grandon explains the various possible causes, from genetic, to toxins, to survival instincts gone awry, which may explain the neurological dysfunction resoponsible for autistic behavior. She also describes the various treatments used to minimize the neurological problems associated with the illness.
The most fascinating part of the book, however, is Brandon's unique perspective of how autistic people think. Not only does she explain how she thinks in pictures. She gives anecdotals from other autistics who explain their unconventional thought processes.
Finally, Brandon explains how some of the world's most brilliant people have had the same character traits found in high functioning autistics. The ability to focus on a single math problem for months at a time is very similar to what psychologists call a fixation disorder. The same characteristics which brought us Einstein, left unchecked, could allow a genius to cross over the blurry line into mental illness. As Brandon states, "Genius is an abnormality. . . . It's clear that the genetic traits that can cause severe disabilitites can also provide the giftedness and geniusness that has produced some of the world's greatest art and scientifiic discoveries.
I recommend this book to anyone who works with autistics, or has an autistic relative, or anyone in the mental health or educational fields.
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am 4. Februar 1997
Anyone connected in any way with autism or Asperger's syndrome - families, professionals, teachers, people with autism and AS themselves - should read this book. Anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to be autistic should read this book. Anyone who doesn't fall into one of the above categories should read this book anyway, and learn something about a world that "normal" people never even dream of
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am 3. Juni 1997
Without guile or pretentions Temple Grandin shares with the reader the workings of her mind and the life she has built. The conscious awareness she has of her cognitive functions is in contrast to many people, intuitive thinkers, who "just know". Perhaps the study of the autistic mind also gives insight into the evolution of the human brain
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am 6. April 1999
This is the FIRST book that I have read that has given me real insight into the mind of my autistic son. I laughed, I cried, and many times I said, "Now I get it!" Temple Grandin has given parents a true gift with the writing of this book.
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