Temple Grandin, an animal-science professor and best-selling author who has autism, said in a recent interview that having family members and teachers who worked with her was key to overcoming the difficult symptoms of her disorder. Grandin, whose life is the subject of an HBO biopic set to air Saturday, says young children with autism benefit most from individual interaction with an effective teacher. "I don't care who that teacher is," she says, "It could be the mother, an aunt, a grandma, someone from a church, a synagogue, maybe a student. You just need someone who clicks with that kid."

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