Professor with autism wants to turn it into a strength

By WEEK Producer

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 8:19 PM CDT

EUREKA, Ill. -- A college professor is teaching children and their families to turn autism into strength.

Dr. Temple Grandin is at Eureka College Tuesday, giving a series of lectures.

Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child.

Her only form of communication, screams and grunts.

Grandin says the first step to understanding autism, is identifying the child's strengths.

"You know we gotta work on taking kids that are different and begin developing those abilities. Take the thing that the kid is good at, and work on building it," said autism researcher and patient Dr. Temple Grandin.

You can learn more about Dr. Temple Grandin's autism research Tuesday night during a presentation at Eureka College.

The lecture begins at 7:30, in the Cerf Center.

Admission for the general public is 5 dollars.

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