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013 Autistic Meltdowns & Shutdowns

Meltdowns and shutdowns appear to be a natural release valve for an overwhelmed autistic brain. They feel out of control and can be quite distressing.

While there are ways to push them off, I experience a "point of no return" after which I need some big release or I'm going to feel terrible for days.

Learning your triggers, as well as planning ahead for a safer experience if you do have a meltdown or shutdown can lessen our overall stress and shame.

(One thing I forgot to record in the episode is that for me, shutdowns are almost always low-verbal or I can't speak at all.)


1. Meltdowns & Shutdowns*

2. How it feels to have an autistic meltdown and how you can help*

3. All About ‘Autism Meltdowns’: Why They Happen and How to Cope

4. Autism Shutdown Vs Meltdown: What's the Difference?

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*autistic writer

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