Did you know that most of the studies on autism are done on males? That's because girls who are diagnosed with autism don't actually have one until much later in life. Paigle Layle, a 19-year-old chatty eyelash technician from Ontario, Canada, shares informative videos on autism. And she does this because she's one - a surprising fact that many people don't notice in her!
Paige shared that because she is good-looking, people often expect that nothing is wrong with her.
She adds that people often say that she has a perfect look and is high-functioning. But that simply translates that she's good at 'masking' or faking her attitudes to look 'normal'. And she wants to break the view that autism is all about being 'morrotistic' or 'less autistic'.
She began by sharing that she found out about her autism when she was 15 because she attempted to kill herself.
She explains why she made her 4-part autism in girl series:
"I decided to start making videos because of an audio that was going all over TikTok that was making fun of autistic people. I hated it. I feel like many people don't understand how many people are autistic."
Her New Year's resolution is being more of herself which is to show her autism because 'masking' is really hard.
For her, trying to be a normally, functioning human in a society that conforms to the norms and standards are tiring because all she did was picking up things and copying a bunch of them at the same time.
She emphasizes that autism is really broad and some people are really, social, over-social, in fact, like her.
She explains that many of the things she said pertains to her and may only apply to her as an individual. But she wants people to remember that autism is colorful. She also said, ""High functioning is basically a label that you can use to be like, 'Oh, your autism doesn't affect me that much.'"
"Get high functioning and low functioning out of your vocabulary."
For her, personally, she's way too good at socializing, a common trait in women with autism that makes it hard to diagnose them. But she has 7 other mental disorders, including OCD, anxiety and depression.
What is 'masking'? Paige tried her best to explain what it is!
"It's so hard to explain...," Paige began. She said it's like knowing that you're weird, but you don't know how you should be. It goes as far as thinking about every single thing you do, think and even feel about things.
After 4 years being autistic, Paige admits she is still trying to figure out herself.