This week The Guardian launches a new online film called The Party, which places viewers in the shoes of newly-diagnosed Layla, a 15-year old, autistic girl, at her mother’s surprise birthday party. Through the dramatised piece, viewers experience Layla’s attempts to cope with a stressful situation using the coping mechanisms she has devised to manage her anxiety. Viewers also undergo the sensory and auditory overload that can be endured by autistic people in a challenging environment.
According to The Guardian, the visual and auditory effects in the film were based on scientific research about the kinds of symptoms seen in autistic individuals, such as difficulties with processing faces, and hypersensitivity to lights, loud noises and strong odours. Interviews conducted with autistic women also revealed they had issues with how things sound during a meltdown, including having difficulties distinguishing between sounds, hearing echoing voices and being unable to process the other information around them.
More information on the film and how to watch it here: https://www.theguardian.com/gnm-press-office/2017/oct/09/guardian-launches-the-party-a-virtual-experience-of-autism