‘Trippy’ Video Reproduces Autistic Teen’s Sensory Overload


Autism Sensory Overload

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Louis Morel, a 17 year old with Asperger’s syndrome from London, recently narrated an animated video depicting what his world looks like, given his condition.

The Magic of Louis Morel, animated by Phillip Davies, is both entertaining and insightful. It was made in collaboration with a cyber platform called myVoice, on which people with autism discuss their syndrome.

In the first few seconds, Morel admits that he’s “freaked out so many specialists” by describing how he views the world around him. The two-minute film attempts to inflict the sense of confusion and discomfort that Morel experiences through his sensory overloads. It features somber and abstract shapes dispersed amongst giggling and ever-changing backgrounds.

To explain the charged chaos that goes on inside his head, Morel compares his experience with Asperger’s to listening to many songs at once, layered one on top of the other. He can’t focus in on a single detail; all are emphasized.

“Every time I leave the house or see a new human being, I get overloaded with all the information that is there,” he says. “My brain gets insanely analytical about all the eccentricities of the skin, the way their eyes look and all the flipping details,” explains Morel.

The overload has its benefits. Morel finds it cool that he can “feel like trains,” and see and feel sensations that people grounded in everyday reality cannot experience.

However, it can be too overwhelming, he says.

“A lot of sensory stuff I just ignore because it’s like, ‘This is trippy and confusing. I’d rather this isn’t happening to me,’” Morel explains.

Also, car journeys drive him insane. He says, “visually, it hurts like hell.”

In his YouTube description, Morel notes, “Asperger Syndrome is a very varied condition, and I think what I have is rare among that; so bear in mind, not everyone with Asperger Syndrome will necessarily suffer from things like this.”

As he puts it, the syndrome is a “belt of options,” and, unfortunately, Morel falls on the more extreme end, as seen by the intensity and energy in the short film.

By Maude Plucker

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