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Speaker provides inspiration for those affected by autism

When Austin’s Haylie Bawek was younger, she struggled with simple math — like 1 + 1 = 2 — on paper.

But if you gave her something to visualize, such as adding one apple to another, she could solve the equation much more easily.

Dr. Temple Grandin signs a copy of her book for Angela Thoen of Blooming Prairie Tuesday night before speaking in Knowlton Auditorium at Austin High School.

For Bawek, who is now 19, such was life growing up with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that leads to difficulties in social interaction and, often, repetitive behavioral patterns. In Bawek’s case, her brain has simply always worked better with patterns and colors than with numbers and words.

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