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Neural Overload: the Effects

Meltdown? Shutdown? Fright/Flight/Fight/Freeze/Fawn?

There are several common, spontaneous effects from Neural Overload: meltdowns, shutdowns, fright, flight (blindly running from the place where we experience sudden and overwhelming anxiety and stress), fight, freeze or fawn.

We discuss the causes of these reactions to crossing the Stress Threshold, which people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome operate very close to every day, here and here.

Aspie Stress Threshold

On this page we’re exploring examples of causes and what neural overload actually feels like (in terms of sights and soundssensory signals and difficulty processing them that’s familiar to most people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ASx (Asperger’s Syndrome — a specific range of symptoms within the Autism Spectrum, and no, it is not an obsolete or invalid term. Learn more here, here and here.)


What CAUSES meltdowns.


Experience the visual and auditory signals received by a young autistic boy in a shopping mall.
Drag the point-of-view to see everything, including the boy’s hands, in this 360º video using a mouse (desktop/laptop) or your finger (mobile devices).

Fight, Flight or Freeze Response

Learn the different possible responses that can happen once the Stress Threshold is crossed.
People with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome operate close to the Stress Threshold every day.

The following links will take you to more information related to Neural Overload and Sensory Overload. Each link will open in a new browser window or tab.

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