Based on my animated film, A Day Working at the Vet’s for The Girl With The Curly Hair, I have been developing e-courses to help autistic people at work and to help employers understand autistic workers. There was one specific scene in this film that inspired me to write this article. In the scene, The Girl With The Curly Hair has to go into a room to get something that she needs in order to do her job, but the room has lots of other people in there already and she feels anxious to be around them. She feels so anxious that she is even afraid to open the door to the room.
The scene made me think about how even the presence of other people can affect an autistic person’s own agenda and actions. Other people can, without realising, cause an autistic person to feel debilitatingly anxious.
Let’s have a look at the scene in more detail: