Autistic burnout is something that many people within the autistic community experience and something that is relatively untouched in research. I’ve experienced a lot of burnout and get asked about it a lot, so I thought I would share some strategies on how I avoid and recover from autistic burnout!
Transitioning to neurodiversity-affirming practice is not just about making adjustments to the way you delivery therapy and assessments. It’s about changing the infrastructure of your entire belief system.
My diagnosis has also allowed me to be kinder to myself, I am able to communicate to people that I can’t commit to many golf social occasions or drinks after a game, allowing myself to advocate for my mental health and put that above pleasing people.
One thing we know for sure is that goals on eye contact don’t benefit the child, they only make them conform to neurotypical expectations and encourage them to mask. And we know that masking leads to mental health issues and burnout.
I’m so unbelievably happy that I’ve finally got my diagnosis, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. It’s so hard and I have so much to learn. But the one thing I’ve learnt is that I’m not changing a single thing about myself to suit the neurotypical world that determines what’s acceptable and what is not, based on completely unwritten and confusing rules.
I finally understood the feeling I’ve felt every single day since being a baby. It was confirmation that the internal feelings were real and they finally had a label. In that moment I understood myself more than I ever have and I connected with an identity I never knew I needed.