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 7 Emmy Awards for 2010 HBO Movie TEMPLE GRANDIN

Opening New Frontiers – Congrats to Temple Grandin and HBO!

What could be more exciting than watching the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards and the icon of the autism community, Temple Grandin, being part of it? From her brief but compelling red carpet interview to seeing her on stage with cast and crew in accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, it was a night to long remember! The HBO biopic on her life captured 7 Emmy Awards.
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 Awards for Excellence!




 Our Regular Column Authors & Contributors

Temple Grandin, PhD
The Way I See It

Temple Grandin is an internationally respected specialist in designing livestock handling systems, and is the most noted high-functioning person with autism in the world today. She is a tireless speaker worldwide on autism issues, and is the author of numerous books on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, coauthored with Sean Barron, captured a prestigious Silver Award in the 2006 ForeWord magazine Book of the Year competition.

Her previous book, Animals in Translation (2004) was on the New York Times Bestseller list. 

In late 2008 Temple released The Way I See It, a compilation of over 50 of her Digest articles, coupled with new insights she offers about autism and her life. The book was a finalist in the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition, in the Psychology category. In 2009 it won a Silver award in the Psychology/Mental Health category in the coveted IPPY Awards (Independent Book Publisher) and was also a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards competition (Psychology category, 1 of 5 finalists). Both programs recognize the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Finalists are hand-picked by top practitioners in their field among thousands of entries. An expanded second edition, with over 12 new selections, was released in 2010.

The long awaited movie, Temple Grandin, debuted on HBO in February 2010. D
irected by Mick Jackson (Live from Baghdad), Claire Daines played the role of Temple Grandin. The movie captured 7 Emmys. Read more below left.

Temple Grandin App on iTunes and Droid
Yup, there’s an app for that! News, articles, events, books: find it all on the newly revised Temple Grandin app. You can even sign up for more information about Temple and her books.

Read more about Temple at

Lindsey Biel, OTR/L
Sensory Smarts

Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L is an occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics and the coauthor of Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues. Through her private practice in Manhattan and her work with the NY State early intervention program, she evaluates and treats infants, toddlers, and older children with a variety of diagnoses including sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. 

Read the AADigest’s special interview with Lindsey! In it she talks about working with sensory sensitive kids with ASD, gives pointers to parents and educators, and talks about the latest edition of her fabulous book. Read the interview here.

Visit her website for lots of great sensory information – even in Spanish!

Jim Ball, EdD, BCBA-D
Best Practices in the Elementary Years

Dr. Jim Ball, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), has been working in the field of autism for 20+ years in a variety of public and private settings, providing educational, employment and residential services for children and adults with ASD. He is the author of the book, Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers (Future Horizons, 2008) and numerous published articles addressing behavior, social skills, early intervention, trauma and employment.   

Jim’ book, Early Intervention & Autism: Real-life Questions, Real-life Answers, was a finalist (1 of 10, Education category) in the ForeWord Book of the Year awards competition. A jury of readers, librarians and booksellers judge entrees based on editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the book adds to its genre. Being named a finalist is an honor in itself. The book also captured a 2009 Gold Award in the Parenting category in the Independent Publisher Book Awards program.

And, the awards just kept coming! It also nabbed a NAPPA Gold Award in the 2009 competition – NAPPA’s highest honor! The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) is the “go-to” source for parents and professionals looking for the best children’s products and resources for parents.

Book Synopsis: In an easy-to-read, question-answer format, Dr. Jim explains what makes children with autism tick, how to get the most out of early intervention services, and how to choose the most effective treatment options. Helpful features include: 10 Common Myths about Children with ASD, 7 Effective Teaching Strategies, 10 Behavior Rules to Live By, and Must-have EI Goals and Objectives for Children with ASD. No matter what your level of “autism expertise,” this is a game plan to start working with children with autism.

Read more about Jim at his website:

Michelle McConnell
The Sweet Spot

Michelle and her husband Eric live near Charlotte, NC, with their four children. She loves long hikes, vanilla lattes, an open sunroof and laughing out loud.

Parenting an 11-year-old diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome is teaching her that life’s “sweet spot” exists somewhere between being fully present in the moment and focusing on the horizon ahead.

Ellen Notbohm

Three-time ForeWord Book of the Year finalist Ellen Notbohm is author of one of the autism community’s most beloved books, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, and three other award-winning books on autism.

To contact Ellen or explore her work, visit or search Facebook for Ellen Notbohm, Author.

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