Presented at the American Montessori Society 2014 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas March 28, 2014.

At the age of 2, Temple Grandin had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Fortunately, her mother defied the advice of doctors and kept her out of an institution. Many hours of therapy and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech, and mentoring by her high school science teacher and an aunt on her ranch in Arizona helped her pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. Today she is a professor, an internationally renowned lecturer, and a best-selling author. Her life was the subject of an HBO movie that won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Peabody Award.

In this keynote, Dr. Grandin will talk about how her mind works, sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems in ways that neurotypical brains might miss. She will make the case that the world needs all types of thinkers: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, and verbal thinkers, as well as all kinds of smart, geeky kids.

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