This is a video to help educate those of us who are neuro-typical to understand what those who have autism experience. We believe it is important to "taste" what the children deal with in order to help them cope.
In a sensory overload experience, too many variables cause them to go through a progression of intensifying visual and auditory distortions that lead to an eventual "melt-down." Their brain cannot handle the load of stimuli and essentially short-circuits, trapping the person in a frightening world of noise and visions over which they have no control. This is why a child with autism will flap their hands, hit their head against a wall, or do other repetitive gestures in an effort to maintain a grip on reality and an attempt to make it all stop.
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