Temple Grandin on Helping Children with Autism to Succeed

In this conversation Temple Grandin vividly describes the various sensory ways that autistic people like herself experience the world differently from the ‘neurotypical’ majority.   She also discusses a number of strategies to help autistic children reach their full potential.


  1. Rachel says

    Thanks Ann, for hosting such a very important topic! I watched the movie about her life and was so touched and moved, both by her brilliance as well as her humane spirit. I don’t have much time to listen to these podcasts but when I saw this one in my inbox, I made sure to find the time. Great info to have. Glad she mentioned to books; I work in Addictions and have many moms on my caseload. I will surely pass on the titles to them.


  2. Linda Haley says

    Bravo Anne!! Such an amazing person to interview & kickoff your next, very important topic. I’m struck by how many of the responses described by Temple, esp. tegardng the “startling,” mirror my PTSD experieces. Thanks again for this sacred work! L

  3. Holly Fleming says

    Dear Anne, I just listened to Temple. In my new learning of autism in the day programs I work at I/we use all the strategies she suggests, giving choices, keeping sensory stimuli in check, socializing using verbal prompts and social stories and no surprises ever, always telling clients what we will be doing. We also support stimming and other behaviours that help calm our clients. Temple was in Montreal in the fall and many of my colleagues saw her. I have read one of her books and marked down the 3 books she suggests. Another good book is Kristine Barnett “The Spark” and Lisa Genova, “love anthony “. Thank you for airing this. I will now listen to your show on Asperger’s as I work with this clientele as well, but on a limited basis. Much thanks to you Anne for the important work you do!

  4. says

    A cognitive behavioral therapist once told me, “People with OCD have an exaggerated startle response.” As a person with OCD, I, personally, avoid podcasts and YouTube videos such as this like the plague–because of my own auditory sensory issues (while I was listening to this, with the volume turned up, I was frightened when an email dropped into my inbox).

    As a parent of an adult son with autism, I forced myself to listen to this–and I’m glad I did. I recently took my son to a neurologist because of his development of myoclonic jerking. I now understand his myoclonus is his exaggerated startle response to auditory stimuli in his environment that frighten him.

    • Dr. Anne says

      Hello Lisa, thank you so much for adding this observation about an exaggerated startle response to noise. That makes a lot of sense. For your own auditory comfort it is possible to turn off the notification sounds for email, as well as for texts on your phone. wishing you and your son well, Anne

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