This is How Overwhelming the World Can Be for a Child With Autism

Autism video illustrates Sensory overloadWhen we hear the words "sensory overload," you have an idea of what it means, but until you experience it yourself, it can be difficult to truly empathize. The National Autistic Society’s Too Much Information campaign aims to change all that with a video shot from the perspective of a young boy on the autism spectrum.

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From the sights and sounds to the scents and stares of passersby, this video gives new insight into what people with autism are experiencing.

No wonder it is completely overwhelming for this child as he attempts to navigate the mall with his mom. Your heart breaks for this sweet child when he says, "I'm not naughty, I'm autistic, and I just get too much information."

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The boy in the video, Alexander Marshall, 10, explains that with so much bombarding him simultaneously, it's difficult for him to keep his composure. Who could blame him? The point behind the Too Much Information campaign is to increase awareness in the hope of reducing some of those hurtful stares that really only serve to make matters worse for children and parents. Instead of judging, think: Maybe it's autism?

This behind-the-scenes video explains what prompted the group to launch this campaign, which coincides with World Autism Awareness Week in the UK (held April 2–8).

Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society, shares his hopes for increased empathy and tolerance as a result of the video: 

Maybe after having seen the film, they might react differently in the future. Then in doing so, they really will have made a world of difference.

This video showing the world from Alex's perspective is sure to enlighten those who may have thought they were witnessing your run-of-the-mill tantrum at a mall, shopping center, or playground. This young boy's eloquence about his experiences will hopefully lead to greater understanding.


Image via The National Autistic Society/YouTube

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