Finn Gratton: In presenting on the trans autistic experience of masking and unmasking, a biographical statement (especially in third person) becomes a conundrum as Finn attempts to skirt the mask of such statements. Yet, Finn understands the conference attendee must confirm for themselves that Finn knows what they are talking about. Finn is a white, non-binary, autistic somatic therapist who works primarily with neurodivergent and/or transgender/non-binary youth and adults, and facilitates consultation groups on neurodiversity- affirming therapy. Finn wrote Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families. (2019) You could say that the intersection of gender, trauma, and neurodiversity is one of their special interests as they think and talk about it a Lot. Other special interests may become apparent in their presentation.
This keynote explores the dilemmas experienced by neuro- and gender- divergent individuals as they struggle with both removing and maintaining masks of gender conformity and neuro-conformity simultaneously. We will examine the complexities of neuroqueer experiences with masking including: the toll masking takes on individuals, the double-bind of being invited to come out but also compelled to conform, […]