See it from my perspective - Visit to the dentist

Taheera Khan

Date: 06/03/23

Listening to lived autism experiences is so important.

They tell us a different perspective and give onlookers a chance to increase their understanding and learn how to become an autism ally.

Visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience for many, but for some autistic people like Archie, it can be even more challenging due to the additional sensory processing differences.

Based on a real, lived experience, this co-produced animation explores Archie and Rebecca's visit to the dentist. Take a look - what do you see?

Animation summary

The animation opens with Archie walking into a dental practice waiting room with his mother Rebecca. Rebecca looks around as Archie begins to assess his surroundings, breathing heavily and stimming.

Rebecca kneels down to Archie, placing a comforting hand on his shoulder and trying to reassure him.

The scene shifts to them both sitting down in the waiting room as Archie continues stimming.

Other patients in the waiting area start to stare and huff as they take notice of his stimming.

The dentist, Dr Robyn Hughes, then walks out to the waiting room and kneels down to Archie.

Archie and Rebecca then follow Dr Robyn into the treatment room, and both look relieved and calmer as Archie takes a seat in the dentist's chair.

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