Annotated Bibliography

Temple Grandin: Understanding autism (video link)

Grandin, T. (2012, July 12). Temple Grandin: Understanding autism. 60 Minutes. (L. Stahl,

            Interviewer)  CBS  News. Retrieved May 23, 2013,

            from [http://]

This TV interview is an incredible story of Temple Grandin's life journey as a person living with autism, from her own perspective. Grandin, who holds a doctoral degree in animal science is best known for her works advocating for animals and her work in the Autism Rights movement. In her interview with Leslie Stahl, Grandin talks about her own struggle growing up with Asperger's syndrome, the early interventions provided by her parents, her sensory challenges and how she finally found her voice. 

What is Sensory Processing Disorder and How is it Related to Autism?

Sicile-Kira, C. (2010, March 2). The Autism Advocate. Retrieved May 23, 2013, from

 Psychology Today:

In her article, Chantal Sicile-Kiera explains the connection between sensory processing disorder and its relation to autism in very understandable terms. She describes in very plain language, the seven types of sensory processing disorders and the dysfunction of these systems for individuals with autism. She goes on to explain the differences between sensory processing in typically developing children and children with autism. Ms. Sicile-Kiera suggests other informational resources, including two books she authored and two other authors who have written about their own experiences living with autism.

Helping Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

Sweet, M. (2010). Helping Children with Sensory Processing Disorders: The Role of

            Occupational  Therapy. 'OdysseyNew Directions in Deaf Education, 11. Washington,

            D.C.: Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.

A licensed occupational therapist at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, Margarita Sweet explains the role of occupational therapy in the development of students with autism and other sensory processing disorders. Using a real life situation (traveling on a busy train), she contrasts the sensory challenges of normal people in comparison to someone with a sensory processing disorder in the same situation. Ms. Sweet provides an in-depth, yet easy to understand explanation of the workings of our sensory systems and the struggles individuals with autism have with sensory issues. She includes several examples of students with autism and occupational strategies that have worked with these individuals. 


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