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Sep 16 2023


10:00 am - 1:00 pm





Understanding Meltdowns, Shutdowns And Autistic Burnout

Most of us have experienced a tantrum – either our own or by others where the “challenging
behaviour” stops when the need is met. Meltdowns, shutdowns and burn-outs are not about getting
something or manipulating others but about life stressors being greater than one’s
sensory/emotional capacity. Let’s explore our nervous systems and how they are designed to protect
us when we become overwhelmed. We will see how meltdowns are often usually exhibited externally and
can be triggered by a tantrum.
Shutdowns on the other hand are meltdowns that are turned inward. Then we will learn how all of
these can lead to AUTISTIC BURNOUT and how to support an individual when they are there.

Presenter: Pam Collins proudly identifies as a neurodivergent parent to two amazing multiply
neurodivergent adult sons. She has been providing Neurodiverse Affirming consulting, coaching and
training services to families and community partners for over 23 years in British Columbia and
outside of Canada. She is super passionate about the most current research in Psychology,
especially related to neurodivergence (Autism, PDA, ADHD) and neuroscience (trauma, anxiety and
Pam lives to share information with others so they can be informed to make decisions, experience
joy and be hopeful.

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