Autism and the overload effect
Source: The Guardian
Excerpt: Alexander Marshall is much like any other (eloquent and polite) 10-year-old. He likes playing with his eight-year-old brother, Sam, and he has his passions: mainly Marvel comics and Star Wars; if you let him, he’ll talk to you all day about them. He’s warm, welcoming me into the West Yorkshire home he shares with Sam and their parents Ben and Kathryn, and he’s funny and self-deprecating.
But sometimes things get too much for Alexander, who was diagnosed with autism two years ago. “When there are a lot of people barging past me, more often than not I will break down,” he says. “If I’m at home I would go to my bedroom, but if I’m in a public space I might just break down.”
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