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April 17 , 2009

How Temple Grandin's Legacy Hurts Your Child Today


I have spent years trying to identify with Temple Grandin like so many other autistic women do. The problem is that my social wants and needs are unique to me and not like Temple Grandin's. It is troubling to me that many of my friends, family members, and therapists try to compare me to Temple Grandin because I am Stephanie Rodgers not Temple Grandin. This comparison has led to a low self-esteem.

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Everyone in the autism community always talks about how awesome Temple Grandin is. When my family members speak to me they never ask about me. They are always bragging about Temple's accomplishments and comparing me to her. I feel bad because I am not as successful as Temple Grandin. Temple is unique. No two people with autism are alike. Comparing me to a millionaire who is known in the livestock industry as well as the autism community is not fair. I am not Temple Grandin and my wants and needs are unique to me.

This is my story about how constantly being compared to Temple Grandin has affected me as an autistic woman. I have a difficult time forming social relationships with my peers and feel guilty that I am not Temple.

I am constantly reminded every day by my mother that I am not Temple Grandin and it is hard to live with. I love Temple Grandin but I am Stephanie Rodgers. This book will share with you a story of how comparing your son or daughter to Temple Grandin can lead to a lot of emotional pain and a low self-esteem. Throughout the series you will learn how I overcame this comparison to form my own legacy. I would hope that parents and families do not make the same mistake as my parents did by comparing me to Temple Grandin.

There is such a big age difference and the rules and social norms of society have changed a great deal since Temple Grandin was my age. There is no comparison to be made but yet the autism community is obsessed with Temple Grandin and that hurts me greatly. Learn how I am overcoming that throughout this series.

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