YouTube User Demonstrates What it Feels Like to Have Autism

Many parents of children with autism often wonder what their child is thinking and feeling and frequently pose the question, "I wonder what’s going on inside of that head?" 

Well, thanks to a YouTube user that goes by the handle of WeirdGirlCyndi, viewers have been given the opportunity to briefly glance inside the mind of someone with autism.

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is an often-debilitating condition that commonly exists in those with autism, although it’s not considered a core characteristic. Individuals with SPDs process the world in a much different way than neurotypicals, often causing "sensory overload." Because of these issues, many of those with autism (especially non-verbals) act out as a result of this overwhelming stimuli.

Some of the milder symptoms of sensory disorders include covering one’s eyes when exposed to normal lighting or covering one’s ears despite the absence of loud sounds. 

Late psychologist and occupational therapist Dr. A. Jean Ayres compared SPD to a neurological "traffic jam" that prevents certain parts of the brain from properly processing information from the outside world.

WeirdGirlCyndi does a great job in detailing these challenges and in her video description, writes the following:

"I am an autistic adult who is sick of so-called “experts” trying to explain what they think an autistic person is going through. They think they can “fix” autistic children by forcing them to act normal. Watch this video and see how normal you think ANYBODY can act when they’re going through what I simulate for you all."

Those with autism can experience sensory processing disorder in varying degrees and the video below is a fascinating look at the challenges some with autism endure on a daily basis, unbeknownst to those around them.

Be sure that your speakers are at a reasonable volume level before viewing the video (not too high). After viewing it, you’ll know why:

6 Responses to YouTube User Demonstrates What it Feels Like to Have Autism

  1. Debbie K. says:

    Wow! This is the argument we’ve been having with my son’s school forever! When he gets put into a situation that overloads him and causes him to melt down, how can they punish him for that? Would they punish a child with diabetes or one with epilepsy? So much misunderstanding of the way the brain works. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “He’ll just have to learn to . . .” To what? Not have Autism? Thanks for educating people!

  2. Rebecca says:

    I am immediately sending this to my kids’ teachers. I have a 9 yr old autistic son and have been trying to find a way to show the school what I believe he feels from his descriptions, since day one. I now believe my 7.5 yr old daughter is also on the spectrum somewhere. I don’t know why I didn’t consider it before – she fits so many of the characteristics. Now that I am responding to her the same way I deal with my son, she is much more managable. No diagnosis, but I was right with my son and fought to have him assessed. Although they are both different in their outward appearances, they seem to respond to the same things. Guess the fight begins again.

  3. Nancy Peske says:

    Unsettling…and accurate, I think! It can be difficult for neurotypical people to appreciate just how intense sensory processing issues are.

  4. jennifer says:

    THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I am finishing a degree in Special Education. My focus, from working with people with autism, is autistic spectrum disorders. I am giving a presentation in a month or so and would like to let others feel what it is like. Do you have anything else maybe you could share with me to help me do this? As you know, I can research, but having a person share as well makes all the difference. WOuld it be all right if i used your video? Thank you, either way. I will respect your answer

  5. P says:

    This video show exactly what it feels like when I’m in public. I have panic disorder w/ agoraphobia and PTSD. When I was at the worst- yep exactly. Still happens now but not as bad. Sometimes when I get really scared,stressed or overloaded tho it feels like this.

  6. Ashley S says:

    I am now just finding this video. I have Asperger’s and my BF is typical. He always has a difficult time understanding what it feels like or why I get so angry so fast for things that don’t bother him. I am going to show him this video because it’s so accurate. Thank you!

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