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Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity

Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity

Hardcover

Autism Spectrum DisordersGeneral SociologyMental Health

Publisher Price: $26.99

ISBN10: 0593235231
ISBN13: 9780593235232
Publisher: Harmony Book
Published: Apr 5 2022
Pages: 304
Weight: 1.10
Height: 1.10 Width: 6.20 Depth: 9.20
Language: English
A deep dive into the spectrum of Autistic experience and the phenomenon of masked Autism, giving individuals the tools to safely uncover their true selves while broadening society's narrow understanding of neurodiversity

A remarkable work that will stand at the forefront of the neurodiversity movement.--Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

For every visibly Autistic person you meet, there are countless masked Autistic people who pass as neurotypical. Masking is a common coping mechanism in which Autistic people hide their identifiably Autistic traits in order to fit in with societal norms, adopting a superficial personality at the expense of their mental health. This can include suppressing harmless stims, papering over communication challenges by presenting as unassuming and mild-mannered, and forcing themselves into situations that cause severe anxiety, all so they aren't seen as needy or odd.

In Unmasking Autism, Dr. Devon Price shares his personal experience with masking and blends history, social science research, prescriptions, and personal profiles to tell a story of neurodivergence that has thus far been dominated by those on the outside looking in. For Dr. Price and many others, Autism is a deep source of uniqueness and beauty. Unfortunately, living in a neurotypical world means it can also be a source of incredible alienation and pain. Most masked Autistic individuals struggle for decades before discovering who they truly are. They are also more likely to be marginalized in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and other factors, which contributes to their suffering and invisibility. Dr. Price lays the groundwork for unmasking and offers exercises that encourage self-expression, including:

- Celebrating special interests

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