NeuroDivergent masking is when a NeuroDivergent Person, either consciously or subconsciously, camouflages, or masks, their divergent traits in order to blend in or to appear NeuroTypical.
Now, when we talk about masking for NeuroDivergent People, whether that’s Autistic People, ADHD, Dyslexia, any other neurodevelopmental difference, it’s important to understand that this camouflaging, this blending in, this masking, is something that many of us do in self-defense. It can be a subconscious thing. Some of us are not even aware we are doing it.
It’s something we do for safety and self-preservation. It’s a survival skill that can be harmful to those of us who adapt this survival skill. However, being able to blend in, and being able to be invisible, in a society that can be unfriendly, and even hostile, to those whose minds work differently, is something that we do to be safe. It’s not intended to be a manipulative or deceptive bait and switch.
The thing about masking, as a NeuroDivergent Person is: I learned to mask, even though I didn’t know, I was NeuroDivergent. I learned to mask, even though I wasn’t in any formal NeuroDivergent Conversion Therapy type of a program. I learned to mask, because not having an autism diagnosis and a label growing up, meant a lot of the Autistic struggles I had were labeled as behavioral problems and punished. Continue reading Autistic and NeuroDivergent Masking, Unmasking, and Burnout
NeuroDivergent masking is when a NeuroDivergent Person, a person who is brain may be Autistic, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, OCD, et cetera. Is masking or hiding that NeuroDivergence, in order to blend in and appear more NeuroTypical. Continue reading Autistic and NeuroDivergent Masking – Help! I Don’t Know How to Unmask￼
DHD, OCD, whatver… is pressured to hide the parts of them that would out them as having a different brain – So some NeuroDivergent people learn to hide those struggles and those differences, in order to appear more NeuroTypical. Continue reading How NeuroDivergent Masking and Burnout Can Become a Perpetual Cycle
Autistic masking is when Autistic people consciously or subconsciously mask their Autistic traits in order to blend in or appear to be neurotypical.
Continue reading Camouflaging Autism – What is Autistic Masking?
This week, we’re going to talk about five objections to ABA and I have a lot of objections to ABA. So I had to condense them into one video. Continue reading Does ABA Harm Autistic People? – 5 Objections to ABA for Autism
An intimate look inside the mind of an autistic person, Rosie’s story shows the hidden truth that many autistic people know. How invisible our differences and struggles often are. I can’t praise this book highly enough! Continue reading My Autistic Fight Song by Rosie Weldon – Neurodivergent Book Reviews
The fourth video in the series going over some of the most common and most ridiculous reasons autistic people are told that they couldn’t possibly be autistic. Continue reading #YouCantBeAutisticBecause. . . You are a Woman
Earlier this year I was invited to take part in something wonderful. Six weeks of sharing, videos, blogs, and stories about autism and masking. In the beginning, I was enthusiastic and optimistic. Now, at the end of it all, … Continue reading #TakeTheMaskOff Week 6 – The Impact of Taking The Mask Off
My diagnosis was like a light, illuminating parts of me that I’d hidden in the darkness. #TakeTheMaskOff Continue reading #TakeTheMaskOff Diagnosis/Self awareness – How does it impact masking?