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Dr. Temple Grandin in an engaging speaker who will share her story, “Autism and My Path Through Life” in the keynote address for the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism’s 2019 Autism Conference. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism. The conference runs from February 28 to March 1 at The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism.

When Temple Grandin was a child, her family noticed that her behavior was unique compared to other children her age; she did not speak until she was almost 4 years old. Doctors suggested that her parents might consider having Temple institutionalized, which they refused to do. Instead, they enlisted the help from teachers, speech therapists and other caregivers, who would work with Temple at her own speed using alternative methods to educate and help her learn.

When Temple was a teenager, her mother came across an autism checklist developed by Dr. Bernard Rimland, she then realized that many of Temple’s qualities were captured on that list. However, it wasn’t until into her mid-40s that Temple was finally officially diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum and as an autistic savant.

Early on in her life, Dr. Grandin received speech therapy and support from her teachers, she has become an advocate for early interventions to help address autism. She feels passionately that these can have a major impact in redirecting the fixations a child with autism may have.

“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do.” 

–  Dr. Temple Grandin

Over the span of her career, Dr. Grandin has made many significant accomplishments and received noteworthy accolades. Dr. Grandin was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People under the Hero category. She is now a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior. Her groundbreaking book, Thinking in Pictures, published in 1995, was hailed as being the first of its kind, to provide insight into autism. It delves into her feelings and fears, as well as, her mental processes with a look into how her mind works. Today, she is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and has authored over 400 articles on animal handling, animal welfare, and facility.

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism is proud to host the 2019 Autism Conference and have Dr. Grandin share her story. We encourage everyone who is interested in attending this event, to visit to learn more and register for the conference.   Autism Facts:[1]

  • 1 in 59 U.S. children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • ASD in 4.5 times more common in boys (1 in 42) and in girls (1 in 89).
  • About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008.

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