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As an autistic adult, here is a concept I thought of that would have REALLY benefitted me and prevented burn out. (Every autistic is diff, though!)

🫶using “masking” to the childs benefit. Allowing them the power to be themselves, while also getting by in an NT world. 🧵#autism
Ex: “Hey, B. We are going to the grocery store. And you’ll have to __wait in a line__ and you probably don’t want to! But you are special. (*Use whatever term you want-fairy, superhero, princess.*) and you have to try your best to blend in with everybody else while there.
BUT when you come home, or feel safe enough to, you can take the mask off and be yourself. if you need help while out, let me know.”

As the child ages, you would reframe and have the concept grow to work with them. Never hiding their autism, or treating it as “bad different”
Basically, showing them and empowering them to mask and unmask.

Most autistics, like me, grew up and had no idea of the concept and that we were doing it nonstop. And it was DRAINING us. And we didn’t have to live that way! /🧵

#DisabilityTwitter #autistic #PrideMonth
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Autism exists. That’s not what we mean by awareness. 🧵

We mean you probably know and love someone who is autistic, and you don’t even know it. YOU may be autistic and not even know it! I was diagnosed at 35. Despite showing all these “classic traits.” It was missed but, know…… A very literal second grade...ImageImage
So, what we mean by awareness is: listen to us and help us how we need to be helped. We don’t want a red carpet or an award, we probably just want a little more silence. and for society to understand and accept us, as we are.
You’re aware autism exists but, were you aware:

✅80% of autitic females are undiagnosed by 18.
✅85% of COLLEGE EDUCATED autistics are unemployed. (NOT BY CHOICE, either.)
✅Autistics die about 18 years younger than non autistics (avg)
✅ 50 to 70% of autistics also have ADHD.……
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