Dr Judith Gould, Consultant Clinical Psychologist the NAS Lorna Wing Centre
The understanding of masking has been in my thinking regarding the diagnosis of autism for many years. Sadly, clinicians continue to have a narrow view manifested in stereotyped ways. This book rectifies this misconception and addresses the different types of masking and its implications. The excellent combination of research, evidence and anecdotal quotes makes for fascinating reading. All ages are covered together with practical advice on masking in different social situations - crucial for all those working and supporting others on the autism spectrum.
Carly Jones MBE, autism advocate and author of Safeguarding Autistic Girls: Strategies for Professionals
Autism and Masking is a book that should be on every Autism professional and Autistic person's bookshelf as standard. Masking is dangerously often seen as advantageous "you can act as normal!" but the consequences of suppressing an Autistic person's authenticity can be life threatening. Dr Felicity Sedgewick, Dr Laura Hull and Helen Ellis have created a bible of a masking book that demonstrates why and how masking occurs, how masking leaves Autistic people vulnerable and how to help. A much needed, well-written book that provides a friendly, supportive, and kind experience, demystifying a misunderstood subject for professionals and highlighting the damaging life experience for Autistic people.