Temple Grandin Diagnosis

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“I know there are a lot of things that I can’t understand but I still want my life to have meaning.” Temple Grandin, Mick Jackson (2010). Born on August 29, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts to parents, Richard Grandin and Eustacia Cutler, Temple was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a very young age after her mother noticed certain discrepancies with her development and behavior compared to that of her adolescent peers. Initially blamed by physicians to be the cause of Temple’s disorder Eustacia worked relentlessly to improve Temple’s communication skills. Contrary to her initial diagnosis of remaining mute for the entirety of her life Temple was able to learn how to communicate and carry out normal conversations with others; although,…show more content…
One of the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder according to the Mayo Clinic is that diagnosed children often stuggle with pragmatics, a branch of linguistics primarily focused on the use of language in social contexts. Throughout the movie phrases come up such as “waking up with the rooster” or “animal husbandry” which we would understand as waking up early and the care and undertaking of farm animals; however, Temple pictures her aunt and uncle literally sitting on top of their house crowing with a rooster in the mornin and a man getting married to a cow in a white wedding dress for animal husbandry. Another example of helping the audience understand how Temple’s mind works is during a scene where Dr. Carlock asks Temple a simple question regarding shoes and Temple states that every pair of shoes she has ever worn or seen her mom or Dr. Carlock wear flashes through her mind like a slideshow. During this scene there is a brief slideshow of different pictures of shoes that is displayed to the audience mimicking what Temple sees in her own mind. The audience also sees Temple’s many anxiety attacks that happen throughout the movie when she is put in social situations or becomes uncomfortable. During the movie there are also many different circumstances where Temple is dicriminated against or made fun of because of her disorder. The audience is also able to see Temple’s behavior at a young age and how hard her mother had to work just to teach her how to be able to speak and communicate. I believe all these aspects of the movie tie together to give a good overall view of some of the symptoms and stuggles of growing up autistic that Temple had to face and

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