Temple Grandin Movie an Inspiration to the Autism Community

Temle Grandin Movie DVD cover

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We have just seen the movie Temple Grandin after having heard about it in the Adelaide Autism Yahoo Group, and I must admit we thoroughly enjoyed it, I would give it a 10 out of 10, but then again I would be bias.

An Era When Little Was Known About Autism

It was certainly an inspiration to see just how far an individual can go, whether they have a condition that sets them apart from the accepted “normal” person or not. At times the movie was almost painful to watch as we see what the mother was going through at the time, particularly when so little was known about Autism and the so called “experts” GP’s and even Psychologists referred to the condition as “Infantile Schizophrenia” blaming the mother for being cold and unloving toward the child.

Could you imagine the pain and frustration at the time, for parents of Autistic children, and on top of it all the recommended action was to institutionalise the child, and I imagine that many would have been at the time. I can not begin to think what it would have been like.

I take my hat off to parents at the time, (this movie was based on a true story where the child – Temple Grandin was diagnosed at the age of 4 in 1951), and in another similar and famous case of the Kaufman’s (SON-RISE) where the parents refused to take the advice of the “experts” and showed the world what can be done when you believe in yourself and others.

Autism Documentary About Temple Grandin

I had seen a Documentary previously where Temple Grandin made an appearance and there was some reporting of her unique talent – “to think like the animals” – that she eventually worked with and for. She has made an impact and some very important changes toward the humane treatment of cattle in the USA. The movie concludes with some details of what she has achieved.

At times throughout the movie I must admit that I thought how could the mother put the child through what she had. Putting her in a school where the administration and most staff were not aware of Autism (most people weren’t at that time), then putting her through college where she had to board, interact and study with “normal” students. She was bullied and laughed at, but that seemed to have made her stronger and more determined, and the outcome speaks for itself.

One of the quotes in the movie which certainly stuck in my mind and I totally agree with is a bit of advice from her science teacher, which was a huge influence in Temples life, he tells her in one of her moments of frustration – “just because your different it doesn’t make you any less”

Do yourself a favour and see the movie if you haven’t already, if you have anything to do with Autism, or even if you don’t, this is a must see.

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