Autistic people commonly experience meltdowns and shutdowns. A meltdown or a shutdown is a reaction to the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Have you or your autistic loved one ever appeared to be having a very intense ‘tantrum’? Maybe it wasn’t a tantrum, but a meltdown. Do you or your autistic loved one ever feel completely numb and zoned out from reality? Perhaps what you have experienced is known as a shutdown.
In this guide, The Girl with the Curly Hair looks at why meltdowns and shutdowns might occur and gives suggestions on how they might be managed.