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176. Discovering Unique Paths; Navigating the Social Dance

podcast Mar 21, 2024

In this episode of the Not Your Average Autism Mom Podcast, host Shannon Urquiola digs into the complex world of socialization within the autism spectrum.

Shannon explores the diverse social interests and preferences among autistic individuals, shedding light on the challenges they face in navigating social interactions while also emphasizing the beauty of their unique perspectives.

Drawing from personal experiences and insights from autistic adults, she discusses the detrimental effects of conforming to neurotypical social norms, commonly referred to as "masking." She highlights the exhaustion, anxiety, and loss of self-identity that often accompany efforts to suppress autistic tendencies in favor of fitting in.

However, Shannon also offers hope and practical strategies for parents and caregivers. She emphasizes the importance of understanding each child's strengths, interests, and comfort zones when it comes to social connections.

Throughout the episode, she emphasizes the power of authenticity over conformity, urging listeners to embrace the unique qualities of their child and celebrate their diverse ways of relating to the world.

Tune in to learn how to break free from societal expectations.

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