Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity

Written by:
Devon Price
Narrated by:
Devon Price

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
21
Narrator
14
Release Date
April 2022
Duration
9 hours 51 minutes
Summary
A deep dive into the spectrum of Autistic experience and the phenomenon of masked Autism, giving individuals the tools to safely uncover their true selves while broadening society’s narrow understanding of neurodiversity

“A remarkable work that will stand at the forefront of the neurodiversity movement.”—Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

For every visibly Autistic person you meet, there are countless “masked” Autistic people who pass as neurotypical. Masking is a common coping mechanism in which Autistic people hide their identifiably Autistic traits in order to fit in with societal norms, adopting a superficial personality at the expense of their mental health. This can include suppressing harmless stims, papering over communication challenges by presenting as unassuming and mild-mannered, and forcing themselves into situations that cause severe anxiety, all so they aren’t seen as needy or “odd.”
 
In Unmasking Autism, Dr. Devon Price shares his personal experience with masking and blends history, social science research, prescriptions, and personal profiles to tell a story of neurodivergence that has thus far been dominated by those on the outside looking in. For Dr. Price and many others, Autism is a deep source of uniqueness and beauty. Unfortunately, living in a neurotypical world means it can also be a source of incredible alienation and pain. Most masked Autistic individuals struggle for decades before discovering who they truly are. They are also more likely to be marginalized in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and other factors, which contributes to their suffering and invisibility. Dr. Price lays the groundwork for unmasking and offers exercises that encourage self-expression, including:

• Celebrating special interests
• Cultivating Autistic relationships
• Reframing Autistic stereotypes
• And rediscovering your values

It’s time to honor the needs, diversity, and unique strengths of Autistic people so that they no longer have to mask—and it’s time for greater public acceptance and accommodation of difference. In embracing neurodiversity, we can all reap the rewards of nonconformity and learn to live authentically, Autistic and neurotypical people alike.

*Includes a downloadable PDF of exercises, tables, lists, and a graph from the book
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Emma

Excellent book for those who are learning they are a masked autistic, and very informative for friends and family. Having the author read it was amazing!

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Anonymous

Provides a personal and professional look at the Autistic experience. This book is not the traditional stereotypical explanation of autism; but rather an eye opening narrative of different ways autism looks and how it feels to be neurodivergent. As someone who was diagnosed in my early 20s, this book has made me feel less alone and less broken and a great aid in further exploring myself and my neurodivergence. Being a queer, trans man, I especially appreciate the acknowledgment of Queer/Autistic intersectionality. I recommend this book to Autistic people as well as their friends and family members to better understand the Autistic Experience. I enjoyed that the book was narrated by the author, giving it a more personal and natural feeling.

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Josh A.

really enjoying this book author does a great job of reading the book very authentic

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Holly W.

100/10. would recommend to EVERYONE. it’ll be either an eye-opening, educational, therapeutic experience. or just an educational opportunity. either way it’s a win for personal growth.

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Amber G.

This kinda was life changing. Incredibly well put together. Incredibly validating. More of this.

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Brittney M.

absolutely wonderful. never felt more heard of understood in my life. wonderful read for anyone who was diagnosed late. Ive had ADHD my entire life and was just diagnosed with ASD so hearing them cover the comorbid rate of both ways nice as well. recommended to anyone who was late diagnosed or suspecting.

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Anonymous

Wonderful book!

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Anonymous

Beautiful book

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