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Part of the reason the Phommavong
family moved to Elk Grove, California,
is for the services Cosumnes CSD staff
provide and the spaces they manage.
any extraneous noises are extremely
painful for Khuan. Before
he was able to articulate these feelings,
Khaun would seek out the
nearest exit with his hands over
his ears because the sounds caused
him so much pain.
" He's constantly being attacked
by the natural world that you and
I enjoy. But to him, it hurts him, "
says Phommavong. " So as a father,
when I see my son in pain, I
do everything I can to make sure
we avoid these environmental factors.
But that also lends itself to
possibly growing up living his life
in isolation. I don't want him to
grow up to be an adult who lives
his life with two eyeballs behind
the blinds at home. "
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Phommavong fears
that
isolation
could lead to depression,
which is particularly high among
individuals with autism. According
to the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), individuals with
ASD are four times more likely to
experience depression in their lifetime.
So, while most of Khuan's
natural world may be painful for
him and may cause a need to selfisolate,
there is one healing place
he doesn't
feel hurt by his surroundings
- Camden Park.
" It's
almost paradise, "
says
Phommavong. " I talk about us
taking a walk in Camden Park as
a sort of 'Garden of Eden.' My
son is able to interact with the environment
in a three-dimensional
world, away from the screen. He's
able to walk around the park without
feeling like he's being chased
by a tiger. "
The sensory overload Khuan often
experiences can be compared
to the feeling of being chased by a
tiger because he goes into survival
mode when his sensory processing
is being attacked. It's difficult
to enjoy much of anything when
focusing on mere survival - it's
more about avoiding the threat
and getting away safely. Phommavong
doesn't see the behaviors
that indicate these feelings in Khuan
when they are at the park. In
fact, when they're walking around
Camden Park, Khuan is more
talkative, asking questions, and his
curiosity is elevated.
" When we're at the park, he's
not in a state of sensory avoidance
and is able to immerse himself in
nature, " says Phommavong. " He's
pointing to the turtles, he's picking
up cattails, he's running over
to see the wildflowers and trying

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