Treffert Center welcoming back Temple Grandin

Shelly Haberman
Temple Grandin

The Treffert Center, as a service of Agnesian HealthCare and SSM Health, is welcoming back Temple Grandin for a second visit on Tuesday, October 8, and from early indications, her return visit is highly anticipated. Registrations for Grandin’s 6:30 p.m. presentation at the Radisson Hotel Conference Center are already ramping up.

Temple Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior and autism spokesperson.

Dr. Grandin did not talk until she was three and a half years old.  She was fortunate to get early speech therapy. Her teachers also taught her how to wait and take turns when playing board games. She was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten at age five. 

Oliver Sacks wrote in the forward of Thinking in Pictures that her first book Emergence: Labeled Autistic was “unprecedented because there had never before been an inside narrative of autism.”

Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special – “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow.” She has also appeared on National TV shows such as Larry King Live, 20/20, 60 Minutes, Fox and Friends, and she has a 2010 TED talk. Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

During the October presentation, Dr. Grandin will be joined by other local experts for “Exceptional Minds to Exceptional Careers.” They include: Aaron Sadoff, North Fond du Lac School District superintendent; Bryan Mischler, LCSW; and Tara Geier, MA, BCBA, Treffert Center.

The presentations will focus on ways to transition individuals with autism, now often young adults, into the workplace along with developing social skills, both part of a meaningful life.

“Providing job opportunities to all adult individuals is important across all neurodiverse abilities,” according to Geier. “It takes all types to operate a successful business. All too often individuals with ASD are held back due to proclaimed deficits and their amazing talents are overlooked. Individuals on the spectrum can be wonderful assets to any business as they can sometimes hyper focus on tasks and build their knowledge base and skills at a fast rate. Diverse work forces continue to grow, develop better ideas and are more innovative.”

Sadoff concurs. “Exposing all people to various career opportunities is critical to help individuals find where they can make a difference, find their skills best suited and grow, finding success.”

Admission is $15 with admission plus VIP Meet & Greet for $25. Seating begins at 6 p.m. and is limited. Preregistration is encouraged and walk-ins are welcome. To register, visit agnesian.com/temple2019 or call (920) 926-4893.

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