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There are 9 comments on Renowned Autism Advocate and Scientist Temple Grandin to Speak at BU

  1. We all think differently; this is the wonderful spice of life. We also all have our own personal challenges to overcome. Temple is truly an inspiration and a role model for everyone young and old navigating their own road to personal success.

    1. Those of us who exist with a tumultuous combination of Autism Spectrum Disorder, High Sensitivity and Adverse Childhood Experience trauma, the latter which is in large part due to the ASD and High Sensitivity.

      Thus, it would be helpful (at least for me) to have books written about such or similar conditions involving a tumultuous combination of ASD and/or ACE trauma and/or high sensitivity, the latter which seems to have a couple characteristics similar to ASD traits.

      I read The Autistic Brain, but it fails to even once mention the real potential for additional challenges created by a reader’s ASD coexisting with thus exacerbated by high sensitivity and/or ACE trauma.

      I then read a book on adverse childhood experience trauma that totally fails to even once mention high sensitivity and/or autism spectrum disorder.

      This was followed by a book about highly sensitive men, with no mention whatsoever of autism spectrum disorder or adverse childhood experience trauma.

      It’s no secret that ACE abuse/trauma is often inflicted on autistic and/or highly sensitive children/teens by their neurotypical peers, so why not at the very least acknowledge it? The Autistic Brain certainly did not.

  2. Will the event be recorded, so those of us outside of Boston can see it? Having a niece and a nephew with autism, I’m always interested in Temple’s insights.

  3. I saw Dr. Grandin speak at the event last night. She was direct, forceful, and insightful about the need for different kinds of thinking and how we can support that. She also made us laugh while we learned with her name for the new data science building: Nerd Love! Thanks for inviting Dr. Grandin to BU!

  4. Man, I’m autistic and I hate when articles like this tell me to accept myself when there are evidence that autism can indeed be treated despite articles that ignore actual studies on various treatments for reducing symtoms. The only views the media actually shows are neurodiversity talking points like this.

  5. Regarding my own handicapped ASD brain, I’m sometimes told, “But you’re so smart”. To this I immediately and somewhat frustratingly reply: “But for every ‘gift’ I have, there are a corresponding three or four deficits.” It’s crippling, and on multiple levels! …

    Maybe our standard educators should be sufficiently educated on ASD, especially when it comes to preventing the abuse of autistic students by their neurotypical peers and teachers alike.

    There could also be an inclusion in standard high school curriculum of child-development science that would also teach students about the often-debilitating condition, without being overly complicated.

    If nothing else, the curriculum would offer students an idea/clue as to whether they themselves are emotionally/mentally compatible with the immense responsibility and strains of regular, non-ASD-child parenthood.

    It would explain to students how, among other aspects of the condition, people with ASD (including those with higher functioning autism) are often deemed willfully ‘difficult’ and socially incongruent, when in fact such behavior is really not a choice.

    And how “camouflaging” or “masking,” terms used to describe ASD people pretending to naturally fit into a socially ‘normal’ environment, causes their already high anxiety and depression levels to further increase. Of course, this exacerbation is reflected in the disproportionately high rate of suicide among ASD people.

    There could also be childrearing/parenting instruction in regards to children born with ASD. Low-functioning autism is already readily recognized and treated, but higher-functioning ASD cases are basically left to fend for themselves.

    As a moral rule, a physically and mentally sound future should be every child’s fundamental right, especially considering the very troubled world into which they/we never asked to enter.

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