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Men and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) manifests uniquely across individuals, encompassing a wide range of characteristics and challenges. One aspect that often goes unnoticed, particularly in men with autism, is the concept of "masking". This adaptive strategy involves camouflaging one's autistic traits to blend into social environments. In this article, I will describe the complexities of masking in men with autism, uncovering its impacts, motivations, and potential coping strategies.
Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Kenneth Roberson

Understanding Masking in Men with Autism: What and Why It Is

The decision for men with autism to engage in masking behaviors is driven by a complex array of psychological, social, and environmental factors.

Each individual’s reasons for masking can vary greatly, but there are several common motivations that prompt men to adopt this coping mechanism.

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Men and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Kenneth Roberson

Executive Functioning Challenges in Men with Autism

Executive functioning, the cognitive skills responsible for planning, organizing, and initiating tasks, plays a crucial role in our daily lives. For adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), navigating the intricacies of executive functioning can be especially challenging.

In this article, I describe how executive functioning difficulties are often pronounced in men with autism, examining the impact these challenges have on their daily functioning.

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Dr. Kenneth Roberson

Dr. Kenneth Roberson is an Adult Autism Psychologist in San Francisco with over 30 years of experience. Click below to ask a question or schedule an appointment.

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