What is an autistic meltdown in adults?
Meltdowns are emotional avalanches that run their course whether you or the autistic person having it likes it or not. They can happen at anytime and can be caused by a number of factors including: environmental stimuli, stress, uncertainty, rapid and impactful change and much more.
What does a sensory meltdown look like in adults?
Adults with SPD may exhibit the following signs: Feeling that a shade is pulled over the outside world. Experiencing muted sights, sounds, and touch. Frequent feelings of sensory overload.
What is a meltdown like in adults?
Meltdowns can happen in just about any situation. They might involve crying, screaming, throwing or breaking things, or other physical expressions of distress. Some people also withdraw or zone out. Unlike temper tantrums, meltdowns don’t happen because someone is trying to get what they want.
What does an autistic shutdown feel like?
Meltdowns can be very distressing for the person with autism, as well as the people supporting them. During shutdown, a person may either partially or completely withdraw from the world around them. They may not respond to communication anymore, retreat to their room or lie down on the floor.
What do autistic adults struggle with?
Autistic people may find some aspects of communication and social interaction challenging. They may have difficulty relating to people and understanding their emotions. Autistic adults may also have inflexible thought patterns and behavior, and may carry out repetitive actions.
What is the difference between a tantrum and autistic meltdown?
A tantrum is willful behaviour in younger children and therefore can be shaped by rewarding desired behaviours, whereas a meltdown can occur across a lifespan and isn’t impacted by a rewards system. Tantrums slowly go away as a child grows up, but meltdowns may never go away.