When an autistic person gets too stressed and can’t control their feelings. They might scream, cry, or run away. are when an autistic person can’t control our feelings.
Meltdowns happen when someone gets too stressed.
People having meltdowns might scream or cry.
Sometimes, we run away.
We might lose control of our body.
When someone stops being able to do anything. They might not be able to talk or move. can also happen when someone gets too stressed.
A shutdown is when someone stops being able to do anything.
We might not be able to talk or move.
Meltdowns and shutdowns feel scary to autistic people.
They can look scary to other people.
But they don’t happen on purpose.
They are not the same thing as tantrums.
Autistic people can’t control when we have a meltdown or shutdown.