For my final major project, I have created a 30-page children’s book which is dedicated to those who have special needs especially for those who can relate to autism. I have researched a variety of children’s books but very few of them related to autism and none of them I found were involving what a sensory overload is like for someone who has autism.
In the book, my story is about a girl called Emma who goes to the farm for the first time, and she feels scared and anxious about going. She takes a journey around the farm and along the way, there is too much noise going on. She has a sensory overload, and a dog called Molly comes and rescues her and calms her down. The characters are based on me having sensory overload and what helps when I have one when I’m at home. My dog Molly helps as I stroke her, and she makes me feel calmer in comparison to if she wasn’t there.
A sensory overload is where all your senses are overloaded, and everything is merged into one that causes extreme anxiety with my ears and eyes hurting as if someone is punching me head-on.
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