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:
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