Managing Anxiety & Panic Attacks – an Autistic Perspective

If it’s really bad, I’ll start touching my chair with my hand next to me.  I might close my eyes and listen to the sounds in the room around me.  I will probably count and do breathing exercises.  Continue reading Managing Anxiety & Panic Attacks – an Autistic Perspective

Autistic Meltdowns, Shutdowns, & Tantrums, oh my!

To the untrained eye, a meltdown can look like a tantrum, but the reality of what is happening to someone having a meltdown is very different. Meltdowns and shutdowns can be a result of sensory overload, physical and mental exhaustion, triggered by acute stress, or depleted energy reserves. Continue reading Autistic Meltdowns, Shutdowns, & Tantrums, oh my!