The Autistic Woman who Thinks like a Cow

“The amazing story of Dr. Temple Grandin‘s ability to read the animal mind, which has made her the most famous autistic woman on the planet.” – BBC.

She has high-functioning autism, and began speaking at age 5. Today she’s a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a well known autism advocate, and inventor of the hug machine.

The documentary also touches on early autism history with a lot of interesting facts, like how parental behavior was originally blamed for the condition instead of biology. The cow connection is discussed in most detail in part 5, single-handedly revolutionizing slaughterhouses to be a bit more humane because of her ability to think like animals.

Watch it quick; no telling when it will be pulled down. It’s broken into 5 parts, click through for the remainder.

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2 Responses to “The Autistic Woman who Thinks like a Cow”

  1. Sandy W. says:

    I’m glad you brought attention to this. Temple Grandin was partly responsible for helping us understand our own autistic son. Before he was verbal, we just couldn’t understand what he was fussing over all the time. But after reading things she’d written about the experience of being autistic and watching these video clips, we started to understand him more. We understood that fear and anxiety really overtook him on a regular basis and that most sensory experiences were so heightened for him that they were even sometimes painful. We grew to have a much more compassionate approach to parenting him after learning from Ms Grandin. She really is quite a help to the autistic community. So thanks for posting this.

    February 11th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

  2. adrienne says:

    Errol Morris filmed a fascinating interview with Grandin in his series “First Person” (season 1, episode 1: “Stairway to Heaven.”

    February 11th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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