Temple Grandin in Utah

If you're new to the Autism community, you may come across the name Temple Grandin, and wonder who she is.  Temple Grandin has been a big influence on understanding Autism today.  What makes her so different? Well she has Autism and she is able to communicate how she feels and how she thinks.   As Autism has become more prevalent,

A Day of Thanks

There is so much to be thankful for.  I feel so blessed to be doing what I love.  It has been a dream of mine to be able to work one on one with families.  When I was just out of High School I started working at a group home for adults with developmental disabilities.  I loved it, and from there my work has continued and expanded.  I have had the opportunity to work in various settings including care centers, recreational settings, educational settings, orphanages, and homes.  I started specializing in

The Autism Difference

One of the many great things about our world is that everyone is different.  Everyone has different traits and talents.  Even my friends and family that are twins are different than their siblings.  We may have similarities but we also have our differences.

Autism is no different.  There are so many different types of autism, people are affected differently by autism, and no two people are exactly the same.  They may have similarities, but they also have their differences.

There is a common saying "if you know one child with autism...you know one child with autism."

There are obviously similarities in people diagnosed with autism, however their symptoms may display themselves differently. There are 3 common areas that are affected in people with autism.  Those areas include:


I've decided to start a blog on my website to give information on things like early intervention, preschool, autism, special education, community activities, and general childhood development.  If you have requests on topics you'd like me to post about, feel free to send me a message.


Joy Mano
Utah P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultant
Early Childhood Autism Intervention