Absorption

One autie taking a picture of another

Judy, reading her ebook, waiting for a train.

Michael staring at a crystal

Michael is engaged in one of his favourite pastimes. He can spend hours
at a time staring into the coloured light refractions, rainbows, textures etc...

Amanda pouring water

Absorption: Amanda:
Pouring water for hours at a time.

Josh sucks his fingers when he's far, far away. Picture: Lindsay

Josh sucks his fingers when he becomes so engrossed that the world vanishes.

Shaun is completely absorbed in the running water from the hose. Picture: Lindsay

Absorption: Shaun:
In the sound of the water hitting the concrete,
the feel of the pressure in the hose,
the sun reflecting off the running water.
Sensory harmony in a secure environment.

Arne is gazing out at a mountain range in Norway.

Absorption: Arne:
In the height, breeze, warmth and sun
of a mountain view in Norway.

Anthony is absorbed in the texture of a tree. Picture: Lindsay

Absorption: Anthony:
In the feel and patterns of bark.
Autistic people "become totally absorbed
in the beauty of objects we often find
irritating or meaningless."

Hayden is touching a penguin chick for the first time. Picture: John Glare

Absorption: Hayden, who is not blind,
touching a penguin chick for the first time.

Hamish riding a paddle steamer, November 1999. Picture: Lindsay

Absorption: Hamish is taking in all the sounds and smells
of riding on a paddle steamer.

Tim at Arthur's Seat maze, June 2000. Picture: Lindsay

Absorption: Tim is wandering slowly through a maze,
soaking up sun and quiet time.

Tom will take hours to fully decorate a trampoline. Picture: Lindsay

The beginning of hours of work:
Tom is making a mural on a trampoline.

Jack Borland is absorbed in lining things up. Picture: Jaqui Borland

It's a natural part of the human condition to want to bring order to chaos, and it's a lot more comfortable for autistic people when order and often a strict routine are in place. In the pictures above and below, Jack Borland and Alex Bain are absorbed in and demonstrating a well-known autistic behaviour, that is, lining objects up in a precise millimetric order, just so.

Alex Bain lining up his cars. Picture: Janet Norman-Bain

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