Review of The world needs all kinds of minds
As a visual thinker, Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism as a child, talks specifically about how her mind works. She argues that the ability to "think in pictures" helps solve problems that the average brain, with its abstract approach to concepts, might miss. She argues that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, language thinkers, and all sorts of smart geeks, for example.
Temple Grandin is a self-diagnosed autistic child who is dedicated to overcoming his own limitations and making the world a better place. She first explains the spectrum of the concept of autism and points out that it was people with this tendency who made great contributions to the science and history of mankind as we know it. And she classifies that there are people with various abilities in the world, such as visual thinkers who think and judge with visual images, pattern thinkers who think through patterns such as mathematics or music, and word thinkers who prioritize verbal thinking. are doing Among them, she is a visual thinker who thinks and analyzes visually. I learned from her lectures that I am the same kind of person as her. When I learn or judge a concept, many images come to my mind momentarily, like a Google image search bar, and each image connects with each other to create a concept. And then we work on converting those images into language. I am also a visual thinker. Even when I read a book, I put the pages of the book into my head like a scanner. The text image is inserted like one large scanned image. Then I split the text of those images and put them in a single folder. And start analyzing. Understand the story and analyze the concept. This means that the image always comes first.
Temple Grandin says that her own abilities fall within her autism spectrum because they are overly fragmented and focused in one area. This is one of the reasons why children with autism are unable to develop social skills. Being preoccupied with one field, sometimes analytically immersed in one idea you prefer, you lose sight of your surroundings. She argues that these children with autism have skills that are essential for future society, and teachers, in particular, should help them to use their abilities as members of society by awakening their interest at all costs. She uses the word wake often with this intention.
Because autistic children, like Temple Grandin, have an extraordinary ability to see details. They shared that the general public does not approach concepts in an abstract way, but rather subdivides them into images and senses in a more three-dimensional way. Therefore, if they make good use of these abilities, they can become talented people needed in the future society that is increasingly specialized and subdivided. In order to do that, I insist that children with such different thoughts and senses should be interested in various thoughts and teach them the skills and methods to live together in society. She argues that mentorship is sorely needed for children with autism.
And above all, in order to awaken these children according to her words, we ask them to stimulate their interest and give them a motive, and for this, teach them in detail and in detail with visual stimulation and rich visual educational materials. She has documented these ideas and suggestions in her book Thinking Visually.
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Myungja Anna Koh