Google Gets It
It's important to note, though, that not all individuals with autism think in pictures. Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures, has acknowledged this.
Grandin added this to the first chapter of Thinking in Pictures: "When I wrote Thinking in Pictures, I thought most people on the autism spectrum were visual thinkers like me. After talking to hundreds of families and individuals with autism or Asperger's, I have observed that there are actually different types of specialized brains. All people on the spectrum think in details, but there are three basic categories of specialized brains." Grandin goes on to describe those categories as 1) visual thinkers 2) music and math thinkers 3)verbal logic thinkers. She also acknowledges that some individuals with autism may be combinations of these categories.
Google's Project Spectrum is great. We also need cutting edge educational opportunities for ALL kinds of autistic thinkers. There's so much more talent out there to be tapped into!