About the Author

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    Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is the author of fourteen books including the forthcoming Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences. His other books include: In Their Own Way, 7 Kinds of Smart, Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, The Myth of the A.D.D. Child, and The Radiant Child. His books have been translated into 25 languages including Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese, Danish, and Russian. He has taught at several San Francisco Bay Area graduate schools including the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has written for Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, Parenting (where he was a regularly featured columnist), The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and many other journals and periodicals. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, the BBC, and The Voice of America. Articles featuring his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and hundreds of other magazines and newspapers. He has given over 800 keynotes, workshops, and lectures in 42 states and 16 countries. His clients have included Sesame Street, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Republic of Singapore, Hasbro Toys, and the European Council of International Schools. He is currently working on a novel about the disappearance of childhood. For more information about his work, go to www.thomasarmstrong.com.
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Sandra Shoro

Just started reading Thinking in Pictures and am looking forward to watching the movie on HBO. Ms. Grandin's emphasis on the need to use the strengths and interests of students is the essential ingredient in engaging students.


This is such a powerful presentation. All educators should see this!

David Baker

Timple Grandin takes Gardner's Multiple Intelligences to an entriely new level and demonstrates how narrow our societal thinking really is in terms of "smart" versus "dumb" people.

Doreen Leinen

That's really interesting..I would like to see the HBO movie. The concept of thinking in pictures not only pertains to people with autism but also those with dyslexia as well. My school is a Davis Learning Strategies school where we work with different strategies for those students who may be Non-verbal thinkers (picture thinkers).


I have seen Temple live at a conference in NY last year. I shared this video with a couple of teachers and a Director of Special Education. They thought it was a great presentation and agreed with Temple and myself that the courses that use manipulative are going away due to monetary constraints in districts. Thank goodness my district still has Autoshop, WoodShop, Robotics, Digital Photography and many different type of Art classes. And yes I agree with Walter's comment, all educators should view this video.

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