I was recently watching Temple Grandin at the annual TED conference. In the talk, she uses the lens of her own autism to talk about how she ‘thinks in pictures’. Take a look at the clip here.
In it she talks about how her autism influences the way she thinks – allowing her to pick out the small details in situations often before she has been able to process the ‘whole’.
It’s really interesting to listen to Temple describing ‘visual thinkers’, ‘pattern thinkers’, and ‘verbal thinkers’ and how these principles might apply in my professional practice.
The idea of different types or styles of thinking in autism is closely connected to the idea of multiple intelligences in autism. I write more about this here.