Dr. Temple Grandin Says ...
It's important to keep up with the experts in the field of autism/ASD. One of the best ways to do so is to attend conferences. This has a three-fold benefit: to hear the speaker, network, and attain CEUs.
I recently attended a one-day conference sponsored by Future Horizons (largest publishing company for books on autism at www.FHautism.com) Dr. Temple Grandin was the featured speaker. The HBO movie of her life received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG awards.
Dr. Temple Grandin, Kathie/Temple
Kathie/Paula Aquilla, BSc,OT
Kathie/Jennifer Mcllwee Myers
Highlights from Dr. Temple Grandin:
I've heard Dr. Grandin speak several times before but I believe she was more relaxed and able to interact with the audience this time. She actually made several jokes and smiled a few times. A stiffness to her gait and speech, for sure those were present. Her inability to change was noted and bluntness to her delivery was the same. But I always enjoy Dr. Grandin's message. For those SLPs who don't know, Dr. Grandin is a very high functioning person with autism who shares her message from childhood through her career as an author, speaker, professor at Colorado State University and designer of livestock handling facilities. She is an exemplary person with or without a disability.
What I want to share with you is what Dr. Temple Grandin communicates to her audiences that are important for SLPs and their families with whom you work. These are important because they are life-long. Autism is life-long.
How the above information impacts speech/language therapy:
As I went over each of these bulleted statements by Dr. Temple Grandin, I asked myself these questions:
- Does this relate directly to speech/language therapy?
- Is it my responsibility, as an SLP, to assist this young child or adult with a goal such as this?
- Can I, as an SLP, do anything about this?
Most of these I answer with a resounding YES. Yes, I can, should, and will do something about each of these. I can't control the amount of sleep a child gets but I can discuss the importance of it if I know he/she falls asleep in the classroom. The same with medications but the SLP should know when medication is altered in any way.
So, SLPs get on your thinking caps. You don't need a recipe book. You don't need to know what a child cannot do. You can't cure autism but you can sure make it better.
I have already blogged about many of the bulleted points that Dr. Grandin finds important for people across the spectrum and you bet your booties I will be blogging about the others.
Thank you, Dr. Grandin, for being who you are
and for sharing your life so that we might all
learn from you.
"Speech pathologists make good things happen."