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Born with autism, both Temple Grandin and Sean Barron now live famously successful social lives. 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.

Both Temple and Sean ultimately came to terms with the social world and found their places in it. Whether you are a person with autism, a caregiver in the autism community, or just someone interested in an outsider view of society, their powerful stories will enthrall and enlighten you.

©2017 Temple Grandin and Sean Barron (P)2017 Future Horizons

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Definitely an eye opener! A must read by everyone!

This book was an eye opener for me as a parent of a child with ASD and as a teacher. So many things make sense now and I feel I can help my own child and my students better.

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  • Tom H.
  • Los Altos, Jamestown & San Diego, CA
  • 05-14-18

Great book about life.

This book is amazing. The message and how it is presented is perfect. If you think the book needs editing then I think you may not understand the message. Not everyone thinks, feels, understand the same. What is normal and what society says it is... is not for many folks... I am ready to meet Temple... she is my hero.

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Illuminating.

Fantastic read. Reassuring that others struggle with the same basic social skills, and informative. Glad I had a chance to learn from their mistakes and revelations.

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Excellent information for people with ASD or not

Great analysis and comparison of human behavior within or without the spectrum. Requires at least part two. Useful and entertaining.

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Great story and good read!

Both Dr. Grandin and Sean Barron give excellent advice to those on the spectrum and their loved ones on coping with life with autism. I am recommending this book as an effective tool for therapists and their clients.

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  • Rachael
  • 10-18-18

Great for parents too!

I am a parent of a child with an ASD. This book has helped me to better understand her behaviour. It has also helped me greatly with parenting techniques and how to help and prevent meltdowns. This book gives me hope for her future!

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  • Bader Al Filakawi
  • 09-25-18

Essential

This book explains a lot of ASD behaviour.. which help parents and teachers to have better communication with ASD kids.
As a parent of a child with ASD, it opened my maid and make me understand a lot of my son's behaviour which didn't make science to be before listening to this book.