We continue to have a serious language problem when discussing autism. Sarah DeWeerdt — writing, of course, for Spectrum — is not describing autistic burnout, she is describing, variously, overload and overwhelm — important states but distinct from burnout. Autistic burnout is a more all-encompassing life state, not merely the reaction/response of an autistic brain to a specific overly-stimulating circumstance, event, or situation. For a better, more informed look at autistic burnout, see Dora Raymaker’s presentation (.pdf) on current research.