Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin: Autism, and Humane Livestock Handling

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin speaking at the Ontario SPCA Conference

Doctor Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She is also a best-selling author, and an Autism activist. As well, she is  a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour.

At this year’s Annual Educational Conference, we sat down with Grandin to ask her a few questions about her life and the work she does to improve the livestock quality of life.

Grandin believes having autism gives her the ability to understand animals in a way most other people don’t.

“My cognitive style is more like how an animal is,” she says, explaining how she thinks more visually than most people.

As she grew up she says she started learning how people around her looked at the world differently.

“When I was a teenager I thought everybody thought in pictures the same way I did, I didn’t know that my thinking was different,” says Grandin.

Grandin describes asking people to think about church steeples, and how most people see just one, standard image. For her, she says she can see countless different steeples when she has that thought.

This different kind of thinking led Grandin towards consulting the livestock industry. Her goal was to create the development of humane livestock holdings for cattle and other livestock.

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Aug 25, 2015
by Emily Cook