Dr Temple Grandin thinks in pictures and her writing, work and presentations has changed the perception of her condition and provided a unique insight. Born with autism she describes herself. Words are like a second language to me. I translate both spoken and written words into full-color movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head. When somebody speaks to me, his words are instantly translated into pictures. Language-based thinkers often find this phenomenon difficult to understand, but in my job as an equipment designer for the livestock industry, visual thinking is a tremendous advantage. Visual thinking has enabled me to build entire systems in my imagination.
Dr Grandin displays extraordinary powers of observation to bridge the differences between her life and those who think in words.