You’ve heard of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) but have you ever heard of autism masking? If so, what does the term autism masking mean to you? Your response will undoubtedly be influenced by important factors such as: Are you on the autism spectrum? Do you support or care for somebody diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? Are you an expert when it comes to understanding ASDs and supporting autistic people? Do you or a family member have a recent ASD diagnosis? Or, do you simply have an interest in learning all about ASDs?
Whatever your situation is, when it comes to understanding ASDs there will always be something new to learn. That’s because, autism spectrum disorders are complex and unique to each and every individual. Emma Kendall is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and holds a first-class degree in Autism: Special Education. In addition to this, her qualifications include Counselling, Communication and Personal Skills.
Whilst at university, Emma studied and researched the social behaviour which is commonly referred to as autism masking or camouflaging. This required her to interact with and question autistic people to gain a clear understanding of this diverse topic. Emma shares her unique insights and personal experiences describing what autism masking is.
She also reveals the intriguing motives for the use of this behaviour. Explaining how autistic people do this and why, and to what extent the mask is relied upon, as well as, uncovering fascinating details concerning the after effects and the long-term impact of autism masking. Emma is the author of Perfectly Autistic and Autistic Christmas!