My research topic is what type of different types of thinkers are there in the world. I was interested in this topic because I found different thinking methods interesting and found out some I can use for myself. It relates to Temple Grandin’s chapter because the only explained 3 different thinkers and it made me want to research more. My research question was “ how many different types of thinkers are there and how do you support them?” Children that are autistic have different ways of thinking. There are children that use patterns and math, and then the ones that visualize and picture things, Lastly the ones with good memory and enjoy history.
Starting with visual thinkers, They prefer to picture something in their mind and visualize it rather than writing. In (Grandin), Temple Grandin says “ These children often love art and building blocks such as legos.” This quote shows that the thinkers need to do things where they can picture something of get an image out of it. In (Slayter), It says “They’re comfortable with innovation, so don’t be afraid to ask them to imagine something that doesn’t exist yet.” This shows these these thinkers minds are so powerful at visualizing that they can visualize stuff that doesn’t exist yet. These thinkers will get bored easily and will more on quickly. Thinkers like this prefer to picture things in their mind or draw.
Then we have the thinkers that have good memory and enjoy history. “ Often they will memorize bus timelines and events in history.” (Grandin). This quote shows that these thinkers have really good memory because they can memorize a bus timeline and that’s pretty impressive. “They talk about historical trends” (Slayter). This quote shows that they like talking about historical things and are interested in history. These thinkers prefer to talk about history and learn about history.
Lastly, thinkers that use patterns and math to understand things better. “Patterns instead of pictures dominate the thinking processes of these children” (Grandin). This shows that these kids would rather think with patterns instead of using pictures like art or photos. “Thoughts are in patterns instead of photo realistic pictures” (Grandin). This quote shows that photos are mainly their weakness and patterns are their strength areas. “They like finding relationships between numbers or musical notes” (Grandin). This quote shows that just like patterns numbers are also helpful for these thinkers because they involve math. These thinkers have a big weakness in using pictures and visualizing things but their big strength is using patterns.
In conclusion these are different types of thinkers that are there around the world and ways to support each one but there are still many more thinkers with different strategies. Now with this research I now know ways to support those specific thinkers that I mentioned to help them understand things.
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Grandin, Temple, Autism- The way I see it. Future Horizons, inc, 2010, http://www.templegrandin.com/article.html. Accessed 2 March 2017.
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