FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado State University professor Temple Grandin is one of the nation’s leading authorities on autism. She is also a scientist.

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Grandin has authored several books on children with autism. Her latest, “Navigating Autism: 9 Mindsets For Helping Kids on the Spectrum” gives advice for working with young people on the autism spectrum.

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CBS Mornings’ Jamie Wax met with Grandin in Colorado where she explained why she believes schools aren’t putting enough emphasis on hands-on training.

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“I’m a big fan of exposing ’em to many things. And people ask me all the time, ‘What would you do if you could change the schools?’ I want to put all the hands-on classes back in. Art, sewing, cooking, woodworking, theater, music. There’s a lot of kids that are kinda different that aren’t getting exposed to the things that they could turn into a career,” said Grandin.

One in 54 children is on the autism spectrum in the U.S.

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Grandin has been a professor at Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences for more than 3 decades. Grandin developed humane livestock handling systems that are used on ranches, in feedlots and in meat packing plants worldwide.

Jennifer McRae