How to help someone who is in shutdown

Posted by: alisrowe, December 24, 2017

In comparison to meltdowns, shutdowns are not talked about much in literature about autism. For many people on the autistic spectrum and their families however, shutdowns are a significant aspect to learn to cope with.

What are shutdowns?

They might be different for different people but some things to look out for might be:

Becoming unresponsive
Being unable to talk
Being unable to think
A need to be alone
Appearing ‘lost in one’s own mind’
A massive lack of physical and mental energy

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