In The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, the best-selling author and inventor Temple Grandin of the "hug machine" (a device to calm autistic children) offers a cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism.
When Temple Grandin was born in 1947 with autism, it had only just been named. Today, one in 88 children are diagnosed on the spectrum. In Grandin's lifetime, our understanding of autism has transformed, thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Grandin illuminates autism's overlooked strengths and explains how the world can embrace the unique advantages of people on the spectrum. She also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects of treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis.
Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.