In a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal, Temple Grandin shares some of the insights she’s gained as “easily the most famous autistic woman in the world.” Among the nuggets:
– Parents should not stop vaccinating kids because of autism fears, although they might space out the vaccinations.
– She’s not convinced that autism’s on the increase. “You know the geeks have always been here,” she says.
– She’s seen some “very big improvements” with special diets, but she doesn’t think there’s a “magic cure” for the disorder.
– Kids with autism need 20 to 30 hours weekly of intense, one-on-one learning time, coupled with high expectations.
– People with autistic traits make important advancements, particularly in engineering, science and technology.