Not Sure What Sensory Overload Is Like? This Dizzying Video Captures It

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Usually, when we run into crying, shouting children in the middle of a shopping center, we stare at them for a moment before shrugging and thinking of them as naughty or disobedient, probably just complaining because their parents didn’t buy them candy or toys.

The truth, though, can be much more complex and painful.

Children with autism experience incredible stress just strolling through the loud noises, sharp scents, and bright lights of any common shopping center. This video, published by the National Autistic Society, illustrates what sensory overload feels like.

Could you stand the impact of repeated flashes, disturbing images, and jumbled conversation all around you as it goes from mildly distracting to somewhat unsettling to positively overwhelming? Probably not, and neither can many of these children.

Sensory overload is a common problem affecting many people with autism and can turn even calm and harmless environments into unbearable chaos. See a similar video that mimics the effects of sensory overload here.

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