Unmasked

Living and Writing While Neurodivergent

If you feel like an outsider, you belong here. We can show the world that we are strong and capable, even if we’re a little different.

Welcome! I’m Shayna and I’m a Jewish neurodivergent author with three neurodivergent children. I’ve been through a lot and learned a lot and I’m here to share it all.

Check out my latest posts below!

  • Who am I?

    Do you ever feel like you don’t really know who you even are? Were you always trying on different personalities like clothes to find the right fit? I did. I sometimes still do. Especially since losing my mom, I feel like I don’t know who I am. A motherless daughter now. Am I a writer?…

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  • Socializing While Neurodivergent

    I’ve been wanting to write forever. But just…didn’t. Life has been crazy, to say the least this last while. One thing I’ve been thinking about is how challenging being social is. How much of a failure I feel like because I find socializing somewhat foreign. Small talk is exhausting. Introducing myself to new people is…

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  • What to Say When Others Think We’re Lying

    So I’ve been thinking: what can we say to people who view our neurodivergence or disability as an excuse or almost a lie? How can we help others understand it’s not a choice? While I watch my younger daughter play hockey (I swear, it’s the only time I have to write here), I’m going to…

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  • Not Enough Time

    You know those days where you have your one appointment so doing other stuff is just more exhausting? Well, that was me today. Dentist at 10am messed up the rest of my day. Because after, I had to get groceries. Then I got home and had to make myself lunch. Then I had a bit…

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