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Book Review: Thinking In Pictures: My Life With Autism by Temple Grandin

This is the third book from My Book Bucket List that I’ve finished! party-popper Look for next month’s poll post!


Pages: 306
Genre: Non-Fiction/Autism/Health/Special Needs
Publication Date: 
December 24, 2008
Some Topics Discussed: Animal Treatment, Medication, Emotions, Social Interactions, Spirituality/Religion, Schooling, and others


Temple Grandin, a successful woman with autism, is best known for her work as an animal scientist. Not only can she easily see from the animals’ perspectives, but she has used this insight to help others understand how their farm animals feel and how to improve livestock-handling designs. Now, her designs are used in several U.S. livestock-handling facilities. She is also known for her lectures on autism, expressing to her audiences her different way of thinking.

In this book, Grandin speaks about both her work as an animal scientist and her experiences with autism. She refers to a variety of resources and her own research as a way to bring more light toward this condition to others.

my review

What a fantastic and thought-provoking read! This was a book that my friend recommended to me since I used to teach children with autism and thought I would interested. She was right! 

I found Grandin’s writing style easy to follow and understand. The headings and sub-headings of each chapter were clearly marked, and the messages she expressed were well portrayed. Once in a while there were paragraphs where she repeated herself, but with different words. However, this didn’t deter from my enjoyment.

One of my favorite parts of the book was Grandin’s discussion of her experiences. She describes some ups and downs, using a very logical way of thinking. Though some of the snippets she shared lacked some emotions, it made perfect sense to me why they would. After all, the author openly shares her lack in emotions for certain things and her vulnerability in other areas. I will say reading about the constant fear that many autistic teenagers feel was heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine how that must of felt like for Grandin and so many others.

Though some of the aspects of autism weren’t necessarily new to me, I did find some connections between some of the students I worked with and Grandin’s experiences. For instance, I’ve known children who found pleasure in wrapping themselves with a weighted blanket or their own jacket. This gives people with autism a slight pressure that relieves some of their anxieties and stress. When I read Grandin’s experience with needing similar pressure, it triggered some memories for me.

While reading, the only aspect that was a bit heavy was some of the medical research and varying types of medications mentioned. It was hard to keep track of these two areas. However, I found the topics very much useful and would not suggest in taking them out.

Overall, this was such a pleasurable and informative text that I was happy to read!

My Rating5 stars

RecommendationI would highly recommend Thinking in Pictures to anyone who has been curious about autism, to those who would like to get a deeper insight to the condition, and to those who would enjoy an informative read about one woman making a difference.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
15 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!

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