Talking with crows: A Sensory Break

Since H was very young I have made a bit of a habit of handing him my camera on long drives, or when he needs a break or is feeling overwhelmed… or when he points out something of interest.

This is also a really lovely way for H to handle crowds or noise – as it gives him some control, something to focus upon, and creates a little space between him and his environment with the camera as a kind of shield, or a mask, or a safe way to narrow his wide view of the world and focus in on something exquisite.

Yesterday at the ASAN Protest of Autism Speaks, H called me over to a little treed area and pointed out a crow that had caught his interest.

He was watching closely, entranced, noting and sharing how it made this clickitying noise…

I handed him my camera…

I love the way H can capture things: details and angles that I might not consider.
I love the glimpse into the way he sees things.
I love looking at the photos together later. It is like opening a gift!

H and I both agreed that these beautiful photos deserved a post of their own… so we are gifting them to you as well! ♥

"Talking with Crows" by H: Photo 1 of 8

“Talking with Crows” by H: Photo 1 of 8


“Talking with Crows” by H: Photo 2 of 8


“Talking with Crows” by H: Photo 3 of 8


“Talking with Crows” by H: Photo 4 of 8


“Talking with Crows” by H: Photo 5 of 8


“Talking with Crows” by H: Photo 6 of 8


“Talking with Crows” by H: Photo 7 of 8


“Talking with Crows” by H: Photo 8 of 8


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About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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7 Responses to Talking with crows: A Sensory Break

  1. Erin says:

    Very nice. The photos made me smile. Tell H thank you for sharing his photos for me.


  2. tialys says:

    I’m sure that crow is posing! It’s an interesting thought that the camera helps H with crowds and noise. I might suggest it to my daughter for stressful situations she might find herself in.


    • Leah Kelley says:

      Haha!! Yes! I am quite sure you are right… though I wasn’t watching, that crow does seem to be a poser!!

      It would be interesting if this is a strategy that might work for your daughter. I’d be interested in knowing her reaction.

      I like that that stressed energy is turned into a creative expression for H, but I think that anything that honours the need for space and a different pace is likely a positive support.

      H is quite quietly patient with watching birds and other creatures, so handing him the camera seems a natural extension to this.


  3. I love everything about this! ❤ Also, my husband (who is ND but not autistic) uses his phone camera and sometimes a "real" camera or video camera in a similar way on long outings. I suspect you've given H a lifelong hobby/coping strategy and one that will bringing you snapshots of how he sees the world for many years to come. 🙂


  4. 924mountain says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing these.


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