Thursday, November 3, 2011

Temple Grandin- Thinking in Pictures

I am currently writing a research paper about Art Therapy for children with Asperger's Syndrome. One of my favorite resources has been Temple Grandin's book, Thinking In Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life With Autism. I have wanted to see the movie about her life for a while now, and came across a beautiful clip on youtube:

Ten Minutes with Temple
Great Interview with Temple about Asperger's Syndrome in the workplace, and building life skills and experiences.
"I'm very concerned how the schools are taking out the hand's on classes because that's where these kids can get turned on. If I hadn't had art when I was a young kid, I would've just gotten nowhere."

"Too often, there is too much emphasis on the deficit and not enough emphasis on building the area of strength."

If you're interested in learning about autism, I highly suggest reading Grandin's book. The movie looks amazing as well, from what I've seen. If you're interested in learning more about Art Therapy in the treatment of Autism, check out Nicole Martin's Art as an Early Intervention Tool for Children with Autism. Another great book about Autism and Art Therapy is Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum: Beyond Words by Kathy Evans and Janek Dubowski. Both books are great resources for those who are interested in what art therapy has to offer to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

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