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The World Needs All Kinds Of Minds

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This weeks show is an encore of my 'Intimate Conversation With Temple Grandin.'

As some of you may know, I recently published an article on  PsychologyToday.com regarding Adam Lanza, the autistic boy who was responsible for the mass shooting in Newtown CT. In the article, I discussed my theory that he was an undiagnosed schizophrenic. I concluded this because, among other things, autism is not linked to violent behavior. After publishing this article, I felt driven to focus a bit more on the topic of autism because I’ve been concerned that autistics throughout the world might be stigmatized as a result of this autistic boy’s actions. So, in this show, I’ll be giving you a tour of the world of the autistic’s mind.

Temple will also discuss her sensory based abilities, which enable her to relate to cows and understand their fear memories. Her abilities have revolutionized the way cows are handled for slaughter.

The discussion will also address her passion for helping young autistics develop their strengths, rather than focus on their limitations.

For the first time, I will also be publicly discussing my own unusual brain functions--probably resulting from my very early birth followed by extremely high fevers during childhood-- including my ability to communicate with domestic and wild animals. Despite the fact that I am not autistic, the parallels between Temple’s brain and my own suggest that perhaps, we all have abilities that we don’t tap into.

Join me for what will certainly be an informative and uplifting conversation.

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