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Temple Grandin explains it all

February 20th, 2010

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.

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