Doctor Temple Grandin, one of the most significant celebrities with autism in the world, sits down with Nancy Asplaugh-Jackson from Autism Live to discuss a number of her observations about those on the spectrum, particularly those on the milder end.
Temple Grandin presses the importance of manners (from shaking hands to saying “please” and “thank you”) and developing a strong work ethic. She was taught these basic skills as a child, and she has witnessed a decline lately in those niceties for people on the milder end of the spectrum.
“So-called normal kids — they pick this up,” she says, “but autistic kids have got to be taught, and that’s not being done enough.”
She also expresses some of her opinions concerning autism—that the autism spectrum has perhaps gotten too wide with the inclusion of Asperger’s Syndrome, for example, and that we need to focus on the strengths of people with autism rather than the deficits.