Temple Grandin was born in Boston, Mass. to Richard and Eustacia Grandin. When she was three years old, she was diagnosed as autistic. It was recommended that she be institutionalized. INSTEAD, her mother placed her initially in a structured nursery school, got her some speech therapy, and had a nanny come in who could spend hours playing educational games with her, and her sister. When she was four, she began talking, and making progress. She went to 'traditional' schools, but has said that middle, and high school were the worst years of her life. She was incessantly teased and picked on, with people calling her "tape recorder" because she repeated things over and over again. She ended up attending "Hampshire Country School", a boarding school for gifted children. She went on to college, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a masters degree in animal science, and a doctorate in animal science, as well.
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