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The Bond Between Water and Autism

I’ve been noticing lately that there have been a relationship with the water and with people who have autism.

I can understand that whole thing because I remembered the time that I enjoyed the water when I was 3 months old. I love swimming myself, it’s always fun going into the water and feel free.

That is basically why people who have autism would feel when being in the water, they feel free. Of course, no one has to agree with me, but that’s my intent on it when it comes to the water. I would swim for hours and hours at the pool mostly just underwater. At a young age, I learned how to deflate my “airbags” in my lungs to make me sink down on the deep end of the pool and just sit there for a while. Then I would rocket myself up.

The thing about water and swimming is that no one can just walk in order to move, they can just move all over as if people are flying. That’s why penguins are still considered as birds because although they can’t fly in the air, they can fly and glide in the water. Outrages on the other hand fly through the wind by using their running speed. Although not flying in the air, they seem to fly while running. There are a lot of ways to describe flying, but it’s always common when flying goes up in the air. Water is close enough, but not quite.

I tend to look at things closer in order to observe what’s going on in my surroundings. I remember as a baby I would look at the water that’s dripping down off my hands and feet seeing all of the little drops and the big drops. Splashing the water was exciting for me because I saw lots and lots of water droplets going everywhere. At first, I thought all water is the same and safe to drink. It was then I learned that salt water isn’t very tasty and sickening to the tummy.

Water is a mystery for a lot of people who have autism, and they enjoy that mystery. That’s how I see it.

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