ABOUT Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well known adult with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation.

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The Way I See It (5th Edition)

This is her most comprehensive book for parents and teachers who work with young children. It contains everything from early intervention and inclusion in the classroom to video games.  There is also information on medication and sensory problems. The book consists of many short chapters which are indexed by subject.  It is ideal for busy parents, teachers, and the extended family.

Thinking in Pictures (My Life with Autism)

This is her personal autobiography which describes her experiences with visual thinking. It is especially recommended for individuals experiencing anxiety.  In a chapter titled, A Believer in Biochemistry, she describes her successful use of low doses of antidepressants.

The Autistic Brain (Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed)

This book explains the history of the autism diagnosis and has an extensive section on sensory problems.  The chapters on visual thinking, math, or pattern thinking, and word thinking will be especially useful for fully verbal children, teenagers, and adults.  It also contains a large section on careers and jobs.

Developing Talents (Careers for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and High-functioning Autism)

This book is helpful for finding jobs and careers for fully verbal individuals on the spectrum.  It gives real-life examples, pointing out the unique characteristics of individuals make them suitable for entrepreneurial ventures.  Information is given on Vocational Rehab programs that provide job training and placement, as well as Social Security programs offering vocational assistance.

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships (Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism)

Both Temple and Sean ultimately came to terms with the social world and found their places in it. However, their paths were quite different. Temple’s logical mind controlled her social behavior. She interacted with many adults and other children, experiencing varied social situations. Logic informed her decision to obey social rules and avoid unpleasant consequences. Sean’s emotions controlled his social behavior. Baffled by social rules, isolated and friendless, he made up his own, and applied them to others. When they inevitably broke his rules, he felt worthless and unloved.

Different… Not Less (Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism)

In these pages, Temple presents the personal success stories of fourteen unique individuals that illustrate the extraordinary potential of those on the autism spectrum.

One of Temple’s primary missions is to help people with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and ADHD tap into their hidden abilities. Temple chose these contributors from a wide variety of different skill sets to show how it can be done. Each individual tells their own story in their own words about their lives, relationships, and eventual careers. The contributors also share how they dealt with issues they confronted while growing up, such as bullying, making eye contact, and honing social skills.

Different…Not Less shows how, with work, each of the contributors:

  • Found invaluable mentors
  • Learned skills necessary for employment when young
  • Became successfully employed
  • Developed self-confidence
  • Faced the challenges of forming and maintaining relationships
  • (and sometimes) Raised families

The Loving Push (How Parents and Professionals can help Spectrum Kids become Successful Adults

Debra and Temple discuss how to “stretch” children and adults on the spectrum to help them be successful.  This book includes an extensive section on managing video game use and dealing with video game addiction.  The secret to this book is spelling out the steps you can take to restore your child’s hope and motivation.  By building on their strengths, you can help your child get back to caring about their lives.

Emergence: Labeled Autistic

This is her first book and it has a forward by Oliver Sacks. When “Emergence” was published in 1986, the general rule of thumb was to place individuals on the low end of the autism spectrum into an institution.  Most people did not think that people with autism had inner lives.

Temple Talks… About Autism and Sensory Issues

Temple gives an overview of what it is like to have autism and sensory difficulties, tells how she overcame her sensory issues, gives useful tips, then answers your questions in an easy to reference Q&A.

Temple Talks… About Autism and the Older Child

Temple gives an overview of what it is like to have autism and sensory difficulties, tells how she overcame her sensory issues, gives useful tips, then answers your questions in an easy to reference Q&A.

Temple Did It, I Can, Too!

This is the first children’s book I have participated in.  This book is written with easy rules for the child to follow to be a good person.  There is practical advice to enable children on the autism spectrum to reach their full potential.

Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor

Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? Have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts?

In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind all of those questions and more. She delves into the science behind inventions, the steps various people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing.

More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows readers that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem–but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key.

Autism in Lockdown: Expert Tips and Insights on Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, schedule changes, safety protocols, and school closings have added unique challenges to everyone’s lives. But even more so for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Autism in Lockdown includes the most needed tips and insights from 34 of the world’s leading autism experts, including:

  • Temple Grandin – Temple in Lockdown
  • Carol Stock Kranowitz – In-Sync Activities to Help Kids Cope with Being Cooped Up
  • Tony Attwood – COVID-19 and Autism
  • Carol Gray – Social StoriesTM for the Pandemic
  • Ellen Notbohm – When Leaders Fall Short
  • Sheila Wagner – Homeschooling and Homework
  • Raun Melmed – Tools for Stress Management
  • Jed Baker – Dealing with the New Normal
  • Jim Ball – Build Structure for Better Behavior
  • Bobbi Sheahan – Everyone Go to their Rooms!

… And many more!

Autism and Girls

Winner of the Gold Award in the 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year competition, this groundbreaking book describes the unique challenges of women and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome. In it, you’ll read candid stories written by the indomitable women who have lived them. You’ll also hear from experts who discuss whether “Aspie girls” are slipping under the radar, undiagnosed; why many AS women feel like a minority within a minority (outnumbered by men 4:1); practical solutions school systems can implement for girls; social tips for teenage girls, navigating puberty, the transition to work or university, and the importance of careers.

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

The future of our society depends on our gifted children—the population in which we’ll find our next Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Virginia Woolf.  Yet the gifts and talents of some of our most brilliant kids may never be recognized because these children fall into a group known as twice exceptional, or “2e.” Twice exceptional kids are both gifted and diagnosed with a disability—often ADHD or an Autism Spectrum Disorder—leading teachers and parents to overlook the child’s talents and focus solely on his weaknesses. Too often, these children get lost in an endless cycle of chasing diagnostic labels and are never given the tools to fully realize their own potential.

Bright Not Broken sheds new light on this vibrant population by identifying who twice exceptional children are and taking an unflinching look at why they’re stuck.  The first work to boldly examine the widespread misdiagnosis and controversies that arise from our current diagnostic system, it serves as a wake-up call for parents and professionals to question why our mental health and education systems are failing our brightest children.

Most importantly, the authors show what we can do to help 2e children, providing a whole child model for parents and educators to strengthen and develop a child’s innate gifts while also intervening to support the deficits.  Drawing on painstaking research and personal experience, Bright Not Broken offers groundbreaking insight and practical strategies to those seeking to help 2e kids achieve their full potential.

The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World

From New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned scientist and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin comes a book about exploring the world around us, asking questions, and making sense of what we see.

What are the aerodynamics of skipping stones or the physics of making sandcastles? Do birds use GPS to navigate their migratory routes?

In this book, Dr. Temple Grandin, an inventor and world-renowned scientist, introduces readers to geologists, astrophysicists, oceanographers, and many other scientists who unlock the wonders of the natural world. She shares her childhood experiences and observations, whether on the beach, in the woods, working with horses, or gazing up at the night sky. This book explores all areas of nature and gives readers the tools to discover even more on their own.

With forty projects to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around them, from the depths of space to their own backyard, this is a perfect read for budding scientists, inventors, and creators!

Autism All-Stars: How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life

Looking at the positive influences, great talents and unique thought processes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, this book is a celebration of those who have used their autism to shine in life.

Writers from all over the world at different stages in their careers, and from very different backgrounds, share their experiences of creating a successful life on the autism spectrum. Each explains how it is possible to draw on autistic strengths not just to make your way in the world, overcoming challenges and obstacles, but also to make your life a real success. Education, the world of work, and relationships are the focus of the first part of the book, which then goes on to look at exceptional creativity, and the use of special interests.

The autobiographical stories in this book are full of wisdom and humour, and will be an inspiration for anyone with high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome, their family and friends, and the professionals who work alongside them.

Manners Matter!

For decades, Temple Grandin has been a voice and a positive force in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community. Through her books and speaking engagements she has inspired and enlightened teachers, therapists, professionals, mother, fathers and family members with her perspectives about life with autism. Now, in Manners Matter! Temple steps away from the world of adults and talks directly to kids themselves, sharing her experiences living with and growing up with autism in kid-friendly language and colorfully illustrated stories and characters. This first book in the Temple Talks to Kids series focuses on manners and social niceties, what Temple considers to be the key that unlocks doors to social interaction, social acceptance, and social opportunities across our lives. Children will delight in Temple’s familiar cowgirl style, straight-shooting language about the importance of manners and adults will appreciate the hard-won wisdom and advice she provides.

Temple Grandin says having good manners is very important! Sometimes, it is hard to understand these rules and “social stuff,” and there can be so much to remember. But manners help people live together and get along well. They will also help you on your way to achieve your goals and dreams. Temple is here to help, showing different ways to use your manners, such as:

  • The importance of “please” and “thank you”
  • Table manners
  • Everyday manners
  • Manners in public . . . and so much more.

There are lots of simple ways to show good manners, and your friend Temple is here to lead the way. You’ll learn a lot, and have fun practicing, too . . . because after all, MANNERS MATTER!

Sensory Challenges and Answers: Video Presentation


A DVD that describes the sensory challenges the author has faced, and features no-nonsense ideas for caregivers and for individuals on the spectrum.

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism.

While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead.

Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.

This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals

Famous for her groundbreaking approach to decoding animal behavior, Dr. Grandin extends her expert guidance to small-scale farming operations. This book includes how herd animals think, their senses, fears, instincts, and memories and how to analyze their behavior. Detailed illustrations will help in set up of simple and efficient facilities for managing a small herd of 3 to 25 cattle or pigs, or 5 to 100 goats or sheep.

Animals in Translation (Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior)

In this book Temple discusses how being a visual thinker gave her insights into animal behavior. The book will help you understand from the animal’s point of view why they act and react the way they do.

Animals Make Us Human (Creating the Best Life for Animals) 

This book covers the behavior of a wide range of animals with chapters on dogs, cats, pigs, poultry, cattle and wildlife. The emotional systems in the animal’s brain is broken down by species.

Humane Livestock Handling (Understanding Livestock Behavior and Building Facilities for Healthier Animals)

In this book, basic behavioral principles of moving cattle such as the flight zone and the point of balance are explained. There are diagrams of handling facilities along with layouts for ranches, feedlots and meat plants.

Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach 2nd Edition

Chapters include assessing animal welfare, animal handling, euthanasia, behavior, transport and slaughter. The emphasis is on practical methods for implementing an effective animal welfare program.

Livestock Handling and Transport

Twenty-three chapters on animal behavior, handling facility design, and transport.  This book covers cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, and deer. It reviews the latest scientific studies and has contributions from specialists from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, and Australia.

Genetics and Behavior of Domestic Animals 2nd Edition

There are many international contributors to this book.  It covers the latest research on the effect of genetics on animal behavior.  Species discussed include dogs, cattle, pigs, horses, and poultry.

The Slaughter of Farmed Animals: Practical Ways of Enhancing Animal Welfare

From philosophical and ethical views on the slaughter of farmed livestock, to the intensely practical guidelines that need to be put in place to maximize animal welfare, this book provides a balance between evidence-based, scientific studies and down to earth practical advice. It is an important publication for government and private industry managers, veterinarians and animal welfare practitioners who will be implementing improvements in the humane slaughter of livestock throughout the world.

Making Animals Happy: How to Create the Best Life for Pets and Other Animals

A horse’s instinctive urge to flee makes it more skittish than a herd animal, whereas a pig’s urge to forage means it needs room to explore. Based on her own research, animal scientist Temple Grandin’s study discusses animal behaviours and motivations and delivers practical insights into how to interact with dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs and chickens, wildlife and zoo animals.

Animals in Translation: The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow

“Animals in Translation” is the culmination of Temple Grandin’s extraordinary life’s work, drawing upon the latest research, her distinguished career as an animal scientist and her own experience of being autistic. With co-author Catherine Johnson, Grandin argues that while ‘normal people’ convert experience into words and abstractions, animals and autistics process the world as sensory information – specific pictures, sights and sounds. This difference is the key to understanding how animals see, think and feel. As much a revelation about life with autism as it is about life with animals, “Animals in Translation” explores pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication and learning in a startling book that will change the way you think about animals.

Are We Pushing Animals to Their Biological Limits?: Welfare and Ethical Implications

This new text looks at the welfare problems and philosophical and ethical issues that are caused by changes made to an animal’s telos, behavior, and physiology (both positive and negative) to adapt them for human uses.

These changes may involve selective breeding for production, appearance traits, or competitive advantage in sport; transgenic animals; or the use of pharmaceuticals or hormones to enhance production or performance. Changes may impose duties to care for these animals further and more intensely, or they may make the animal more robust.

Considering a wide range of animals, including farm animals, companion animals, and laboratory animals, the book reviews the ethics and welfare issues of animals which have been adapted for sport, companions, toys, ornaments, food sources, weapons, and a whole host of other human functions. It will spark debate and is essential for all those involved in animal welfare and ethics, including veterinarians, animal scientists, animal welfare scientists, and ethologists.