Transitions

The transition between leaving work and going home is often very tough for many autistic people. A great number of working autistic people spend their day translating social encounters, masking, and/or getting oversensorized. As a result, the transition out of work environments is ripe for a meltdown. Transitions are usually difficult, but going from an intense adrenaline “go mode” to sudden down time can actually lead to anxiety. In comparison, many autistic children have meltdowns when they arrive home from school. To protect ourselves during this sensitive moment in our day, we can try to build up a transition routine. For example, I fill my water cup, use the restroom, walk to my car (which I park in the same area everyday), turn on music, and play a phone game for a few minutes. This helps me to adjust before I’ve even pulled the car in reverse! 

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