“One of the most commonly reported challenges for people with autism spectrum conditions is hypersensitivity to noise” (Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 20 (10), 1–9])
My project “Dylan” explores a child with autism spectrum disorder and his relationship with photography. During my exploration, I have found that the camera and other visual platforms are providing key parts in his learning.
So far I have found they can be categorised into three steps.
- Being overwhelmed and hiding.
- Transitioning, using photography to help overcome overwhelming feelings.
- Using photography to Learn and gain a more thorough understanding of the emotions being felt.
These images demonstrate the first step, being overwhelmed, whilst he is the loudest person I know, he is becoming increasingly sensitive to sounds, not just how loud they are but a culmination of sounds in the environment.