Resources

These are resources for:

  • autistic maskers and/or autistic women
  • newly diagnosed autistic people/questioning if autistic
  • neurotypicals and non-autistics
  • parents of autistic people

Books and Lectures:

For understanding ASD:

For social skills/understanding Neurotypicals:

  • Making Friends Strategies to improve social understanding and friendship skills (good for parents and younger autistic people)
  • Living Well On the Spectrum (very good for emotional regulation and some social cues – has worksheets in the back) by Dr. Valerie Gaus
  • Best book I’ve found for understanding neurotypicals:
  • A Field Guide to Earthlings: An autistic/Asperger view of neurotypical behavior by Ian Ford (sample of the book is here)
  • (^One caveat to the above book – ignore the “sex” chapter – it has very bad advice. All other chapters are good though. More for autistic adults but some of the metaphors at the beginning of the book are very helpful, likely even to younger autistic people.)

Youtube channels:

These are autistic people explaining their experiences and some basic terms as well, such as how to understand meltdowns, sensory processing issues, or eye contact/body language in autistic people:

 

Blog Posts about the Problems with Masking as an Autistic

Wonderful blog post by The Autist on autistic masking

Very important, amazing blog post on masking and mental health by the Pecan Gallery

Wonderful blog post by Spectrumy about masking and mental health

Wonderful blog post by an NT mom and experiences of her autistic daughter

Wonderful blog post by Jeanette Purkis on autism and mental health

Wonderful interview with Kieran Rose on #AskKerrie about masking and mental health

Also check out the #ActuallyAutistic hashtag on twitter, as well as #TaketheMaskOff
#AskingAutistics is also helpful for asking us questions for better understanding.

 

Flow Chart for why Talking is Hard for Us:

How To Talk
Flowchart description here

 

 

 

 

Oh and Fantastic Mr. Fox is an amazing movie, so I’m going to continue using this gif very far down the page:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother from Fantastic Mr. Fox: “I know what it’s like to feel, different.” *waves hands*
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