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All Quotes by author - Temple Grandin
" And while we are on the subject of medication you always need to look at risk versus benefit. "
" As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment. "
" A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis. "
" Autism is a neurological disorder. It's not caused by bad parenting. It's caused by, you know, abnormal development in the brain. The emotional circuits in the brain are abnormal. And there also are differences in the white matter, which is the brain's computer cables that hook up the different brain departments. "
" Autism is an extremely variable disorder. "
" Autism is part of who I am. "
" Autistic children are very difficult to take care of, especially severely autistic ones. When I was 4, I had almost no language; when I was 3, I had none at all. "
" Children between the ages of five to ten years are even more variable. They are going to vary from very high functioning, capable of doing normal school work, to nonverbal who have all kinds of neurological problems. "
" Computerized medical records will enable statistical analysis to be used to determine which treatments are most effective. "
" Costs for liability insurance are higher than costs for many procedures. There is a need to reform liability laws to stop out-of-control health care costs. "
" From a scientific standpoint, Aspergers and autism are one syndrome. Aspergers is part of the autism spectrum, not a separate disorder. "
" I am a big believer in early intervention. "
" I am also a believer in an integrated treatment approach to autism. "
" I am much less autistic now, compared to when I was young. I remember some behaviors like picking carpet fuzz and watching spinning plates for hours. I didn't want to be touched. I couldn't shut out background noise. I didn't talk until I was about 4 years old. I screamed. I hummed. But as I grew up, I improved. "
" I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. "
" I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream. "
" If I did not have my work, I would not have any life. "
" If you have autism in the family history, you still vaccinate. Delay it a bit, space them out. "
" If you start using a medication in a person with autism, you should see an obvious improvement in behavior in a short period of time. If you do not see an obvious improvement, they probably should not be taking the stuff. It is that simple. "
" I get satisfaction out of seeing stuff that makes real change in the real world. We need a lot more of that and a lot less abstract stuff. "
" I had people in my life who didn't give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me. "
" I had problems getting my words out. If people spoke directly to me, I understood what they said. But when the grownups got to yakking really fast by themselves, it just sounded like 'oi oi.' I thought grownups had a separate language. I've now figured out I was not hearing the hard consonant sounds. "
" I have been on the same dose of anti-depressants for 15 years, and my nerves still go up and down in cycles; but my nerves are cycling at a lower level than they were before. "
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" I know a number of autistic adults that are doing extremely well on Prozac. "
" I like to cross the divide between the personal world and the scientific world. "
" I like to figure things out and solve problems. "
" I'm a visual thinker, not a language-based thinker. My brain is like Google Images. "
" I'm a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There's others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there's another type that's not a visual thinker at all, and they're the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics. "
" I obtain great satisfaction out of using my intellect. "
" I think sometimes parents and teachers fail to stretch kids. My mother had a very good sense of how to stretch me just slightly outside my comfort zone. "
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