“If a leg doesn’t work, it’s obvious, and many of the things you can do about it are also obvious. But if the brain doesn’t work, the effects can be very widespread and difficult to understand.”
Principles of Good Transitions 3
Essential reading from the Scottish Transitions Forum for anyone supporting a young person with additional needs preparing to leave school. Free to download at www.scottishtransitions.org.uk
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Met Suley this evening at the Scottish Parliament. This is why things need to change. If you haven’t already please sign Lead Scotland’s petition and share it with your networks: www.change.org/p/make-access-to-university-fairer-for-disabled-people.
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I'd love to see more employment projects like this here - run on business lines and offering real opportunities, both for long term employment and as a stepping stone to integration into other, mainstream work environments for people with the right skills. People start small businesses all the time, so it shouldn't be impossible if the vision and the will are there. ... See MoreSee Less
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Understanding your reactions and having strategies that work for you are key to managing independently in the adult world. This is clear, structured and helpful.What is Autistic Burnout?
a guide from Autism Women's Network
• Lack of motivation (hard to care about goals when everyday life is overwhelming)
• Loss of executive functioning abilities (decision-making, organization, etc.)
• Difficulty with self-care
• Easier to reach overload or meltdown
• Loss of speech, selective mutism
• Lethargy, exhaustion
• Illness, digestive issues
• Memory loss
• Inability to maintain masks or use social skills
• Overall seeming “more autistic” or stereotypical
• May have period of high energy before collapse
• Passing as neurotypical / suppressing autistic traits
• Doing ‘too much’, too much stress
• Aging: needing more downtime, having less energy
• Changes, good or bad (relationships, jobs, living arrangements, belongings, environment, routines…)
• Sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, dehydration
• Sensory or emotional overload
• Scheduling breaks, managing spoons
• Leave of absence
• Stimming, sensory diet
• Reminders and supports
• Better environment/job/etc.
• Boundaries, saying ‘no’
• Dropping the mask/façade
• Absolute quiet
• Creative projects, passions, special interests
• Paying attention to reactions and your body
“Autistic Burnout – Are You Going Through Burnout?” Anonymously Autistic.
Endow, Judy. “Autistic Burnout and Aging.” Ollibean.
“Help! I seem to be getting more autistic!” Mel Baggs.
Kim, Cynthia. “Autistic Regression and Fluid Adaptation.” Musings of an Aspie.
Schaber, Amythest. “Ask an Autistic #3 – What is Autistic Burnout?”
Thanks to Lindsey Allen, AWN Nebraska, for compiling this guide ©Autism Women's Network 2017
**Please note: it was brought to AWN's attention that the source credit for “Help! I seem to be getting more autistic!” belongs to Mel Baggs and not the American Asperger's Association. We made the text correction on this status, and we will be updating the graphic as well. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
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“The brain is still developing – what you see at 18 won’t necessarily be what there will be at 25. Good support in this time is really important.”