Judy, reading her ebook, waiting for a train.
Michael is engaged in one of his favourite pastimes. He can
at a time staring into the coloured light refractions, rainbows, textures etc...
Josh sucks his fingers when he becomes so engrossed that the world vanishes.
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.
In the height, breeze, warmth and sun
of a mountain view in Norway.
In the feel and patterns of bark.
Autistic people "become totally absorbed
in the beauty of objects we often find
irritating or meaningless."
Absorption: Hayden, who is not blind,
touching a penguin chick for the first time.
is taking in all the sounds and smells
of riding on a paddle steamer.
is wandering slowly through a maze,
soaking up sun and quiet time.
The beginning of hours of work:
Tom is making a mural on a trampoline.
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.
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