We are usually witness to two initial reactions when someone, particularly a child, is diagnosed with Autism. The first one is of concern and fear about all the things that can’t or won’t happen. The second is in embracing and understanding all that autism adds to the world.
Our next guest deliberately chose the second when diagnosed with autism as she turned 40 – realising she suddenly had a very clear explanation and deep understanding of just why her life had played out the way it had.
In this episode of the Raise 1000 Voices podcast, we speak with Dr. Angela Lauria once again but this time on a different subject – unmasking autism and discovering its power. It is an eye-opening, deep conversation about removing the masks of autism so that we can see each other clearly.
Dr Angela wryly acknowledges privilege allowed her to establish systems and processes that both managed and masked her autism – but when the pandemic struck every single bit of her scaffolding collapsed. With her executive functioning supports gone and the routine that kept her emotionally regulated demolished, she found herself dangerously deep in the grips of autistic burnout
In the aftermath, Dr Angela started looking at her autism in a different way, and wondered just what would happen if she did remove the masks that hid her autism from the rest of the world. She found herself rebuilding her supports in a different way, and re-establishing personal relationships.
A transformative journey in the most unexpected of ways, Dr Angela now understands where she wants her personal and business life to go AND honour how to live well with Autism Unmasked.
WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:
- Dr. Angela’s diagnosis and what it meant to her (04:28)
- What caused her autistic burnout and how she managed it? (07:17)
- The consequences of masking autism (13:42)
- The importance of Special Interests (SPINS) for people with autism (20:12)
- The journey of unmasking autism (33:15)
- Business changes after unmasking the autism (42:00)
- The most surprising outcomes – that you will love – of the last two years (44:00)
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“It doesn’t matter if you’re autistic or not, everybody’s brain is a little bit different.” -Dr. Angela Lauria
“Working on my own autism made me realise that I need to claim what works for me and it’s not one size fits all.” -Dr. Angela Lauria
“Communication is about connection, it’s not about what you say.” -Jacqueline Nagle
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ABOUT DR ANGELA LAURIA
Dr. Angela E. Lauria is the founder of Difference Press and creator of the Difference Process for writing a book that matters. Dr. Angela won the Stevie Award’s Coach/Mentor of the Year Award and her program, The Author’s Way, was named Coaching Program of the Year and she was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 10 most inspiring entrepreneurs to watch – one of only 2 women on the list.
Dr. Angela has been helping people free their inner author since 1994, helping over 1,000 authors-in transformation write, publish, and promote their books. Her clients have been seen everywhere from Vanity Fair to O Magazine to the Today Show, and their books have been responsible for over $100 million in cumulative revenue.
She has a B.A. and an M.A. in Journalism and Media Affairs from The George Washington University and a PhD in Communications from The European Graduate School.
She is the author of Make ‘Em Beg to Be Your Client: The Nonfiction Authors’ Guide to Selling, Serving, and Funding a Movement, Make ‘Em Beg to Publish Your Book: How To Reach A Larger Audience & Make A Full-Time Income In The Extremely Overcrowded World of Personal Development, The Incubated Author: 10 Steps to Start a Movement with Your Message, and The Difference: 10 Steps To Writing A Book That Matters.