Autistic people with well-developed masks may do better in certain situations compared to autistics without masking skills. Still, masking may come with a heavy cost, leading to physical exhaustion, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and burnout. The mask can breed self-loathing, leading the wearer to believe the unmasked person is somehow damaged, flawed, or broken. Continue reading Time to Take the Mask Off – #TakeTheMaskOff
This week I do a naked faced video to talk about my roller coaster relationship with makeup. Music: http://www.bensound.com Continue reading Makeup & Self Confidence – Is YOUR Relationship with Makeup Healthy?
I was honored to be invited into the #TakeTheMaskOff conversation on Facebook earlier this week. Our one hour long live video inspired the video below. This week I talk about my personal experience with autistic masking – sometimes referred to … Continue reading An Autistic Perspective – What is Autistic Masking? #TakeTheMaskOff
It was a true honor to be able to have such an important conversation with some amazing #actuallyautistic advocates. This summer we want to encourage autistic people everywhere to talk about how masking impacts their lives using the tag #TakeTheMaskOff … Continue reading Talking About Autism and Masking – #TakeTheMaskOff
Reader requested content. Some tips for how to “not take things personally” – a few of my thoughts. Continue reading Let’s Talk About How to Stop Taking Things Personally
I encourage every one of you to do more of the things that bring you joy. If I’m ever feeling down singing is a great way to pick myself up. This little tune is one I go to. Content WARNING … Continue reading Singing Brings Me Joy
This week I’m speaking on a more serious topic. Continue reading How to Spot Manipulators & Abusers
You can find them in “Autism Mommy Facebook Groups”, blog pages, and even writing books about how their “lives are heavily burdened by their autistic children”. You may have encountered them and not even know it. What is an autism martyr parent?
Continue reading A Quick Note About “Autism Martyr Parents”
This week I reflect on self-esteem, how my life’s been thought out its ups and downs. Continue reading On the Matter of Self-Esteem
They’re not hard to find. You can dig them up on blogs, Youtube and even the news with a quick Google search – disturbing videos of autistic children in distress, while parents film.
Viral sympathy videos could quickly be viewed all over the world. Once a video is out there it is forever. The consequences of this are not always immediately apparent, but can be lifelong, impacting relationships with peers (kids are mean and bullies could easily use this footage), future employers, and others. Continue reading Meltdown Videos of Autistic Children – Awareness or Exploitation?