GRAD CERT Research Outline (Animals and autism have many similarities to…
GRAD CERT Research Outline
Animals and autism have many similarities to how their brain functions
They get calmer by the same items
"Whenever I put myself in my squeeze machine, I felt calmer."(Gradin 5)
In the same way the cattle became calm, people with autism may feel the same comfort.
They often think in the same way
"Animals have special talents normal people don't, the same way autistic people have special talents normal people don't: and at least some animals have special forms of genius normal people don't, the same way some autistic savants have special forms of genius."(Gradin 8)
Animals and autism share special talents that others don't.
People with autism react differently to different situations than those without autism
Gradin reacted differently to simple every day gestures
" Then he tried to touch my legs. I was shocked."(Grain 10)
She responded to him touching her leg as if he was trying to do something bad to her
She learned different ways to react when someone does something to her
"I learned just to cry when someone did something bad to me. I'd cry and that would take away my aggression."(Gradin 2)
She learned ways to not let what others did to her affect her
Autism helps people understand animals in a way others cant
Gradin notices traits about the horses at her school others couldnt
"Half the horses in the barn has serious pathological problem." (Gradin 2)
Many people wouldn't have even cared what the horses have been through or how they act.
Gradin took in consideration the way the cows felt on the farm
You might think cattle gets really scared when all of a sudden this big metal structure clamps together on their bodies, but its exactly the opposite. They get really calm."(Gradin 4 )
People may think the cattle would get scared but she payed attention to detail and noticed that they get calm.