I looked for my iPhone charger only to find once I plugged it in, there was a shortage and it just wouldn’t charge. I was able to get a few bars charged, but I had to stand to the West, on one big toe, eye cocked, and perform a balancing act only seen at the Universoul Circus. It was a tremendous feat and although the phone charged, I had to use some unconventional measures to get it to happen…which made me think of Autism.
The Brain is Boss. It tells the Spinal cord what to do, much like the phone charger up top. The Block plugs into the wall and has to “talk to” the cord…much like the Brain tells the spinal cord what to do. The Spinal cord sends messages allll over the body for different tasks to be performed. In Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the NERVOUS system, made up of the Brain and Spinal cord, controls how information is processed in the body… the nervous system is usually “tweaked” slightly higher or slightly lower than most people, causing a tremendous amount of difficulty with making sense of the environment. Sounds, smells, even the sensation of touch can be more dull or SUPER intense depending on the individual. Colors could appear brighter and can even be a source stress for some. Hence the lights in a local grocery store can be painful to hear…yes they make noise that you may not actually be able to hear, unless you are Autistic. The feeling of the wind on a person’s scalp or head after a trip from the barber can be super painful. So can the sound of a fire engine, pop of a ballon, or even the liquid juice from bubbles landing on the skin, can be extremely alarming for a person with Autism… on the flip side, some individuals can be hypo-sensitive (not enough sensation) to touch, tastes, smells etc. Kids with this sensitivity can fall off a bike and skin their knees terribly with blood running down their legs and get up clapping because they are excited about riding their bike all the way to the end of the driveway, yet be completely oblivious to the blood running down their legs. They don’t feel it and barely even see it.
This is Autism.