Art

Zaffy has always used art as a coping mechanism and now understands that it can play a huge part in enabling autistic people to express themselves and to cope with their daily lives.

“I would always have a sketchbook in public places – when it became too much I would scribble with both hands. There’s so much electricity going through you, you just need to do something,” Zaffy explains. “When I can sit and scribble and don’t have to engage with people talking, it acts like a channel and I can listen to the conversation without overloading. I can even join in!”

Zaffy’s scribbles usually evolve into incredibly detailed and expressive pieces of art. When Zaffy looks at a picture, Z can explain what was happening in the conversations people were having around Zaffy at that time.

Zaffy sometimes needs to draw in order to process incoming information. In busy public places where there is lots of noise and conversation, Zaffy uses two pens or pencils and a pad to express this information so that it doesn't get stuck and overwhelm Zaffy. This picture was made in this way. It shows Zaffy's awareness of the body as part of the wider environment and the universe.

Zaffy sometimes needs to draw in order to process incoming information. In busy public places where there is lots of noise and conversation, Zaffy uses two pens or pencils and a pad to express this information so that it doesn’t get stuck and overwhelm Zaffy. This picture was made in this way. It shows Zaffy’s awareness of the body as part of the wider environment and the universe.

Another of Zaffy’s social coping mechanism drawings’

Another of Zaffy’s social coping mechanism drawings.

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