The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

A Girl Who Thought in Pictures

During the lock down period I watched a movie calls THINKING IN PICTURES – MY LIFE WITH AUTISM. The film is based on the true story of Dr Temple Grandin who is an autistic woman, and how she became one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. I found this movie very interesting as it provided deep insight of her personal experience with autism. Dr Temple sees things, and thinks in picture which allows her to be talented in designing equipment for the livestock facility.

“I’m a visual thinker, not a language-based thinker. My brain is like google images.”

  ― Dr Temple Grandin

What Kind of Thinker Is Your Child?

Putting autism in the simplest terms is to describe it as a different way of processing information. It is undeniable that Autistic Disorder Spectrum (ASD) and its various syndromes are much more complex than that, but, thinking and information processing is at the root of ASD.

Dr Temples Grandin suggests that people with Autistic Disorder Spectrum tend to fall into one of three thinking styles: visual thinkers; pattern thinkers and verbal thinkers.

Visual Thinkers: Visual thinkers think more in images than words. They need to “see” things in order to understand them. They may have photographic memory like Dr Temple. Children who are visual thinkers will often be good at drawing, other arts and building things.

Pattern Thinkers: Pattern thinkers find patterns in design, math, music and more in their daily lives. They tend to love their routines and that all things move and progress in a pattern they can understand and replicate. They get frustrated by sudden change or irregularity.

Verbal Thinkers: Verbal thinkers like words and speech. They are good at learning a foreign language. They love making lists and will often memorise facts and very specific things such as timetables, routes and stories.