Body & Fitness

I’m not naughty, I’m autistic

A child with autism gets too much information, but do you have enough to know what that looks like?

It can be difficult for an outsider to fully grasp what goes on for someone with autism when they experience a sensory overload.

Scroll down to watch the new campaign giving a voice to autistic children

Simple tasks such as going to the shops, or something or someone touching you can send a child into a spin that to the uneducated eye may look like a tantrum, but is actually a mind overloaded with information that just wants the internal noise to stop.

The last thing the family needs during an episode is the judgement of bystanders, but sadly many people love to judge a child’s behaviour in public.

Some parents even carry cards that say “My child is not naughty, they have autism,” with a link to a website for more information about the subject, which is also a way to educate people.

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UK’s National Autistic Society has created a powerful video to try to show what an autistic child experience when they have a sensory overload. Although this video is very good, it can only visually show us a couple of the senses, missing out the power of smell and touch which also have a huge impact.

The campaign hopes to spread the message: “TMI (too much information). 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”.

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