Childhood as an Undiagnosed Autistic

MJ Santos
ArtfullyAutistic
Published in
5 min readJun 9, 2022

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Looking back on signs of autism

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

When I was a kid, autism wasn’t included in the DSM. There was no way I could’ve been recognized as autistic. I had no support needs at school and my parents seemed resigned to having an oddball child. I was so grown up and yet so immature.

I’ve realized that many grew up undiagnosed just like me. We struggle to fit in as adults in a world…

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MJ Santos
ArtfullyAutistic

Trying to improve or at least distract the world one story at a time. 🏳️‍🌈Autistic immigrant in 🇵🇹