Hello Awesome, Knowing, and Caring Community! Here with a question and hoping to get clarity and understanding. My nearly 17 year old autistic daughter, twice exceptional, has been in defense mode for years. She appears to have simultaneously been experiencing autistic burnout, in which she has been struggling and unable to engage in homework of any kind which, of course, is having a hugely negative effect on her grades, currently a junior in high school. I’m wondering if defense mode and autistic burnout are one and the same and whether they are separate entities? I’m assuming that working through her defense mode will go a long way to help her relax, trust and engage more all the way around, but just not sure how to address the burnout…thanks so much for weighing in!

Posted by Skymama21 at 2023-10-12 18:47:25 UTC