As Seen On Twitter | Libby Explains What Masking Feels Like (Crumpled Paper) via @bloglibby
This is something Libby said in her radio interview about the toll that ‘masking’ her autism & trying to fit in with social norms takes on her. I would love for her to grow up in a world that was more understanding of autism & encouraged people to be their best autistic selves. pic.twitter.com/hzCFAkyqSW
This is something Libby said in her radio interview about the toll that ‘masking’ her autism & trying to fit in with social norms takes on her. I would love for her to grow up in a world that was more understanding of autism & encouraged people to be their best autistic selves.
Libby’s school is brilliant with her.Staff embrace her quirks & work in total partnership with us.She has benefitted hugely from play therapy & extra art sessions provided,yet still she feels this pressure to fit in.Imagine those ch who aren’t getting this understanding at school
That’s how I felt when I was at school. The psychological toll is bad enough, which Libby nicely captures, but the sheer effort involved in hiding my autism and OCD meant that I had to do the vast majority of my learning outwith school, which compounded the exhaustion and stress
My older brother is autistic, and all my life I’ve tried to make people more understanding of it. I think this is so beautiful and I’m really glad Libby has a creative outlet like this to express herself. I hope many more people see and LOVE this!
I got my diagnosis at age 15 so I’d spent most of my time in school trying to mask my autism already. It hurts to have to do it. To spend all your energy on trying to act normal, working twice as hard to get the same effect etc
Makes you reflect on how schools and wider society need to make life better for children with autism. So glad home is where she can unfold. I suppose we all feel this to some extent. Again a piece of writing that is sad yet beautiful. Keep it coming Libby x
I felt the same way going to school. I have never been able to articulate it as succinctly and eloquently as this, though. I’m glad she was able to do so and, hopefully bring some understanding to others through it.