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    Temple Grandin's Emergence

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    In a paper consisting of 5 pages Temple Grandin's autobiography on her struggles with autism and problems of social assimilation is examined. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    autism, Emergence, is a fascinating and informative work which not only describes the authors personal battle with her condition, but also looks at some of the causes of autism and  the ways in which it might be treated. When Grandin was a child, it was common for autistic children to be institutionalised, and she points out that she was particularly  fortunate in having parents who refused to succumb to the usual practice, and instead worked towards allowing her to have as normal a life as possible. She had a nanny,  whom she remarks might have herself been autistic, and later went to a mainstream school, although she was expelled for fighting and attended a small, specialised school instead. She points  out that anger management is particularly difficult for autistic children, and that as they are frequently the victims of teasing and bullying because of their condition, violent reactions are commonplace.  The causes of autism are not fully understood, but it is thought that  the condition results from the immature development of certain parts of the brain. Earlier theories asserted that it was the result of bad parenting or other environmental factors, but it  is now known to be neurological. The memory capacity of autistic children develops in a different way from others: in effect, they do not build up a store of experiences  in the way that normal children do, and consequently each situation has to be dealt with as if it was new. This lack of stored memory also means that they  tend not to react emotionally, since emotion is triggered by the memory of a previous experience which elicited a similar response. Grandin describes, for example, how she was involved in 

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