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Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin's Mother Tells the Family Story [Hardcover]

By Eustacia Cutler (Author)
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The story of Temple Grandin and of her father from her mother's point of view, covering from 1947, when Temple was born, to 1962. The triumph of autistic children and their parents over autism.

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"A Thorn in My Pocket "is Eustacia Cutler's story of raising her daughter, Temple Grandin, in the conservative Leave-it-to-Beaver world of the fifties, a time when children with autism were routinely diagnosed as "infant schizophrenics" and banished to institutions. She tells of her fight to keep Temple in the mainstream of family, community, and school life, how Temple responded and went on to succeed, as Ms. Cutler puts it, "beyond my wildest dreams." Ms. Cutler also explores the nature of the autism disorder as doctors understand it today, and how its predominant characteristics reflect our own traits in an exaggerated form. Insightful chapters include:

And Baby Makes ThreeAs the Twig Is BentChildhoodThe Separate Worlds BeginThings Fall ApartAnd Start All Over AgainThe End of ChildhoodThen What Happened?Looking for the SourceThe Legacy of GenesWhat It Means to Be Human

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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 2004
Publisher   Future Horizons
ISBN  1932565167  
ISBN13  9781932565164  

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Eustacia Purves Cutler received her Bachelors degree in English from Harvard University. She has lead an interesting and fulfilled life as a singer, actress, writer and mother of four. One of Eustacia's children, Temple Grandin, has high functioning autism. She has used her experiences with autism to write past television productions, such as: The Innocents, The Disquieted and Teachers Guides to Television, a production of NBC-TV. In addition Eustacia has integrated her creative theatrical knowledge to write Lydia and Secret. Eustacia is affiliated with the Dramatics Guild, Actors Equity Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women/NY, and the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media. Euctacia continues to write and had dedicated a vast amount of energy into writing and sharing her personal experiences with her daughter's autism. She tours all over the world speaking at conferences on the subject of autism. Eustacia resides in New York City.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Special Needs
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Children's Health > Autism & Asperger's Syndrome
4Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Children's Health > Special Needs Children
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > Disabled
6Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Family Health
7Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Special Needs > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin's Mother Tells the Family Story?

a few excellent bits -  May 27, 2008
a few excellent pages on parent dealing with autism.. then becomes a generic life story
A Thorn In My Pocket  Jan 22, 2008
This book is a well written book that is easy to read but renders great information on Aspergers. it reads like a novel but is a true story of Temple Gradin and her Mother. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this area but it is a gift to parents who are dealing with raising a child with Autism in general and Aspergers specifically. As a teacher Temple helped me to understand this atypical world and her mother touches me with her story and the impact on her life.
same as all others  Apr 5, 2007
I have read several books on families that have a least 1 child that is autistic and this is no different. The only thing, i found interesting is that this mother seemed to be more invovled with her child and encourged her then just pushing away.
Good  Nov 3, 2006
I like this book. It is extremely well written and expressed. I love reading life stories and hers is brilliant. You can pictures her words in your mind. Thoroughly recommended.
asperger's de-mystified  Nov 3, 2006
This author was constrained in her telling of the 'family story' by an embargo from her adult children who requested that their stories be largely omitted. However, as the main character was her daughter 'Temple'she still managed to impart interesting facts and portrayed the difficulties and some triumphs as she struggled with her unusual daughter and the strains the situations placed on her (Eustacia's) marriage. As a project worker involved in supporting families of school aged children with autism, I found it interesting and valuable as well as a good story in it's own right.

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