In this video, SLP Laura Strenk explains what some of the negative long-term outcomes of masking are and 6 ways you can support your child in being their authentic self, advocating for their needs, and learning how/when to mask.
Autistic masking is when an Autistic person hides or alters their natural responses in order to appear more neurotypical. In the past, some therapists, educators, and families may have explicitly taught masking behaviors in order to help the individuals that they work with “fit in” to the neurotypical world. In recent years, however, Autistic adults have spoken out against this practice and research has been done highlighting the negative mental health effects of masking. It is time for us to alter our approach and start prioritizing our children’s mental health over making them appear neurotypical!