A Thorn in My Pocket

A Thorn in My Pocket

Temple Grandin's Mother Tells the Family Story

Book - 2004
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A Thorn in My Pocket is Eustacia Cutler's story of raising her daughter, Temple Grandin, in the conservative Leave-it-to-Beaver world of the fifties, a time when children with autism were routinely diagnosed as infant schizophrenics and banished to institutions. She tells of her fight to keep Temple in the mainstream of family, community, and school life, how Temple responded and went on to succeed, as Ms. Cutler puts it, beyond my wildest dreams. Ms. Cutler also explores the nature of the autism disorder as doctors understand it today, and how its predominant characteristics reflect our own traits in an exaggerated form.Insightful chapters include:And Baby Makes ThreeAs the Twig Is BentChildhoodThe Separate Worlds BeginThings Fall ApartAnd Start All Over AgainThe End of ChildhoodThen What Happened?Looking for the SourceThe Legacy of GenesWhat It Means to Be Human
Publisher: Arlington, Tex. : Future Horizons, c2004.
ISBN: 9781932565164
Branch Call Number: 616.858820092 Grand -C
Characteristics: 228 pages : illustrations


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HoodooUread Jun 29, 2011

I re-read parts in a couple of places: the social-history of the times included in passing was fascinating..I will read some of her daughter's books now. I do hear uninformed people often blaming the generic mothers still!

CSchmidt1 Jun 07, 2011

Eustacia Cutler is the mother of Temple Grandin, the famous expert on animal behavior and autism, and the subject of the HBO film that bears her name. Eustacia is also a wonderful writer and insightful autobiographer and researcher. This is a book worth reading if you seek inspiration to be a parent, an advocate for your children, or a better informed person on the subject of autism spectrum disorders. If you are seeking some additional perspective on Temple Grandin's life and on autism, you will not be disappointed. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much more you will get from reading this book.

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