World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day on the 2nd of April every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about children with autism throughout the world.
One of the many symptoms of autism is finding your surroundings overwhelming – as highlighted in a new video released by a charity to mark World Autism Day.
The video is shot from the perspective of a young boy with autism as he walks through a shopping centre.
Sights and sounds like someone slurping a drink and the lights of a photo booth prove too much for the child, and he becomes distressed.
Passers-by glance at him disapprovingly, but the boys tells viewers: “I’m not naughty. I’m autistic. And I just get too much information.”
Known Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), no two people will experience the condition in the same way. This is why it is described as a spectrum condition. However, there are uniting symptoms.
Most children will be diagnosed with autism by the time they are three, but the condition is sometimes recognised between the ages of 6 and 12-years-old. In rarer cases, adults can be diagnosed with autism.
Babies with the condition are less likely to babble as they struggle to express themselves.
And as autistic children grow, they will struggle to socialise. They may avoid eye contact and misunderstand facial expressions, gestures and find it hard to read body language.