The Mental Health Implications of Faking “Normal" for Ind. with Autism
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"Why Can’t You Just Go Back Masking?” The Mental Health Implications of Faking “Normal" for Individuals with Autism ***Presented by: Dr. Jacquelyn Fede, Autistic Self-Advocate, Developmental Psychologist and Program Evaluator*** Masking is broadly defined as any effort to suppress our different traits, behaviors and actions in order to appear more like neurotypical peers. This presentation blends current research findings with the autistic speaker’s personal experience to explore what it means to mask and ways to identify masking as well as associated mental health outcomes that stem from blending in to pass as “normal.”
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