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Masking and camouflaging: a 1 minute guide about autism

People with autism can sometimes ‘mask’ their differences and anxieties in order to try and fit in with those around them.

Masking is more common in girls, although many boys also present with this behaviour.

Children feel safest at home with their parents, so it makes sense that they feel more able to release their anxieties at home.

Many parents describe how their child is like a “shaken up coke bottle” when they return home from school.

What kinds of support can help?

If you are finding it difficult to engage with school, the Devon Information Advice & Support Team (DIAS) offer legally-based advice around Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

They also offer training on getting the most out of school meetings.

Two young people wearing bright colours
Two young people wearing bright colours