UK’s National Autistic Society has created a powerful video to try to show what an autistic child experiences when they have a sensory overload.
“Once we had a diagnosis and understood what was happening for Poss we cared less about people’s judgement and more about calming her down and removing her from the situation,” Renee tells.
“I’ve had people say in the past “she’s too big to be in a stroller” or “why is she behaving like that?” or even older women walking passed and giving me the tutt,” she says. “Some people are really understanding and just get it and other are just waiting to pass judgement. Your job as a parent is just to focus on your child in that moment.”
The last thing a family needs during an episode is the judgement of bystanders, but sadly many people love to judge a child’s behaviour in public.
The campaign hopes to spread the message-
“I’m not naughty – I’m autistic. Sometimes I get too much information. And if you only see a naughty kid, you haven’t got enough.”
A must-watch for World Autism Awareness Day the caption on Youtube reads…
“I’m not naughty, I’m autistic. And I just get too much information.”
That’s the message that one young boy with autism is hoping to spread ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, as a new report suggests that people with autism feel trapped in their own homes due to negative public perceptions.
The video shows what it’s like when a person with autism experiences sensory overload. And it’s certainly an eye-opener.
The clip follows a young boy who is walking through a shopping centre with his mum.
Everything is fine, but then all of a sudden he begins to hone in on certain things and his senses become enhanced. Noises become loud and overbearing, there are bright flashing lights, it’s terrifying.
The young boy begins to lash out and tries to run away. While some onlookers might see it as naughtiness, the reality is that the boy has autism and sensory overload is scaring him.
It has been released alongside a new report called ‘Too Much Information’, which reveals how poor public understanding of autism is isolating people with the condition.
In some cases, it leaves them feeling trapped in their own homes.
NASS research found that 90% of families questioned said people stare at behaviour associated with their child’s autism, and almost three-quarters (73%) said people tut or make disapproving noises when they encounter such behaviour, while an overwhelming number of autistic people (85%) said they feel other people judge them as being strange.
The study shows that these attitudes can have a severely detrimental effect on people with autism and their families – almost half of those surveyed said they sometimes do not go out because they are worried about how people will react, and two-thirds said they feel socially isolated.
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