By Temple Grandin
As we celebrate National Autism Awareness Month (April), we can be inspired by the works of world-
renowned Scientist, Inventor, and Expert on Visual Thinking – Temple Grandin. Diagnosed with autism
as a child, she learned well through observation, and trial and error, rather than relying on verbal
language. She developed an empathy for animals as they do not rely on the spoken word, but convey
themselves through physical nuances. These experiences have led Dr. Grandin to become a prominent
author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior.
Dr. Grandin’s ability to visualize processes and inventions is reflected in “Calling All Minds”. Geared for
children ages 8-12 and their families, this book invites would-be inventors to study the process of
innovation through observation, and tinkering. With blueprints and interesting information about
inventors who succeeded through trial and error, families can hone their entrepreneurial skills while
working on projects including making handmade paper, a simple wishing well, kites and a solar system
diorama. 25 kid-friendly projects are presented in a style that allows the visual thinker to succeed, and
the whole family to enjoy. This book is a must have.