Survey Question: What did you learn from Temple Grandin?

November 18, 2011 by cpehrson

Temple Grandin

Many of our readers have learned more about autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders the past few weeks from reading about Temple Grandin’s visit to USU.  Maybe you were one of the lucky ones who had a chance to listen to her in person, or maybe you’ve seen the HBO Temple Grandin movie.

We would love to hear what  you’ve learned from this amazing woman.  Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us.

What did you learn that gave you a better way to deal with someone with ASD?

Did Temple Grandin inspire you to change anything in your own life?

What did you like most about Temple Grandin?

Please leave your comments below.



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Photo album: Temple Grandin’s visit

November 3, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

Dr. Grandin lectures on animal psychology

The CPD and the College of Agriculture at Utah State University were two of many organizations sponsoring Temple Grandin’s visit to USU. We learned a lot from Temple, and we’ll write about that later. For now we’ll just say that her lecture, “All Kinds of Minds Need to Work Together,” was delivered to a packed ballroom at the Taggart Student Center. Attendees who couldn’t find a seat in the ballroom listened in at the Sunburst Lounge.

When Dr. Grandin spoke on animal psychology later that evening, it was to yet another full house.

Following are some photos taken at the luncheon, her tour of animal facilities at USU, the lectures and the book signing. We’d like to thank Kelly Smith for manning the camera.

Photo of Dr. Grandin

Temple Grandin. left, stands in front of a painting given as a thank-you gift for her visit. Also pictured is the artist's mother, Marylee Moreno.

Mariel Mureno and Scott McKendrick

The artist, Mariel Moreno, with her painting's human subject. Scott McKendrick is a known figure among horse enthusiasts in Cache Valley.

Temple Grandin and a sheepThe line included people in wheelchairs at the book signing

photo of a family

These attendees came as a family.

photo exhibit

The "1 in 110" photography exhibit by Christopher Gauthier takes its name from the statistical probability that a child will be diagnosed with autism. It provided a backdrop for the book signing.

Attendees crowded the ballroom.

At the book signing

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Dr. Temple Grandin and a CPD faculty fellow on Utah Public Radio

October 26, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

Dr. Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin

An interview with Dr. Temple Grandin will air on Utah Public Radio tomorrow (Thursday, October 27) at 9 a.m. during the Access Utah program. This interview airs in advance of Grandin’s visit to Utah State University on November 2, when she will deliver two lectures: one on autism, the other on animal handling.

At 9:30 a.m., CPD Faculty Fellow Vicki Simonsmeier will appear on Access Utah.  Simonsmeier works with three clinics affiliated with the CPD. All three have an autism focus.

Dr. Grandin is an expert on animal behavior who has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US. She consults with the meat industry nationally and internationally to develop animal welfare guidelines. She also has autism spectrum disorder, and her insider’s view of ASD has added a lot to the world’s understanding and discussion of autism.

Dr. Grandin has stressed in books and interviews  that people on the spectrum are often sensitive to sounds, smells or other stimuli, to the point that certain sounds, sights or even a touch can be physically painful. These sensitivities can complicate a child’s nutrition and make it hard to deal with situations that may overstimulating.

Simonsmeier works with an interdisciplinary feeding clinic and a social language group that addresses some of these issues.

These are two interviews you don’t want to miss!

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Device provides safety for those with autism

October 4, 2011 by cpehrson

Laura Anderson has a 15-year-old boy with autism, so she knows what it’s like to worry about them wandering and disappearing out from under you.

“There’s nothing worse than losing your child,” she said.

Worse still, is if the child does have autism — with its various accompanying challenges that keep individuals from realizing the danger they’re in.

Non-verbal children and adults who have no safety awareness are at risk if they ever wander away from caregivers.  A new device, worn like a wristwatch, was developed as a way to quickly locate missing people with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia or autism.

The EmSeeQ location device uses the cellular network to determine a person’s location, and is only activated upon a true emergency by caregivers and tracked by emergency 9-1-1 personnel.  Within minutes…an average of 13 minutes…a person who has wandered can be located and returned to safety.

Laura, along with many other caregivers, can breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that they are doing all they can to keep their loved ones safe.

Laura Anderson is a long time advocate for people with autism and President-Elect of the Autism Council of Utah.  She is also the co-coordinator of the Big MAKS (Mothers of Autistic Kids) and serves on many more committees for autism.  She recently won the Angels for Autism award at the Autism Speaks conference.

Laura Anderson is a member of the CPD Consumer Advisory Council.







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Art, Photo & Essay Contest celebrates diversity

September 29, 2011 by cpehrson

There are over 400,000 people with disabilities who live in Utah.  It is a better place to live because of the diversity that surrounds us.

Here is an opportunity to share your thoughts about diversity through art, photography, or an essay.

The Utah Disability Law Center is sponsoring a contest with the theme of:  Diversity:  All kinds of minds and bodies working together. The deadline for submitting entries is October 18, 2011. Entries can be submitted to Disability Law Center, 205 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. Entries can also be brought to the Center for Persons with Disabilities on the Utah State University campus–just leave them with Sharon Weston.

All ages are invited to participate.

Winners will receive cash prizes and their art will be featured at a November event honoring Dr. Temple Grandin’s visit to Utah in November.

The CPD is proud to be one of the sponsors of Dr. Grandin’s visit to the USU campus on November 1-2, with a luncheon, lecture and book signing.

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