Autism Unveiled Week 6
I think maybe my childhood could’ve turned out better had I known about my diagnosis sooner. I was diagnosed with Aspergers at age 3 but I didn’t find out until age 13.
My parents don’t really understand my stimming that much despite claiming they know almost all there is to know about Aspergers. I like to hum sometimes. Sometimes I like to make hand motions. This helps me to express myself.
Because my diagnosis was concealed from me for 10 years, I wasn’t able to defend myself from people who weren’t being nice to me because of my stimming or from people who weren’t being nice in general.
I grew up in a very socially conservative Catholic household, so I wasn’t really free to challenge some of the things my parents were doing, like making me go to mass. It bothers me going to Mass because I’m forced to concentrate on what’s going on. I’m thinking about becoming a spiritual but not religious Christian.
My Aspergers helps me look at the world a lot differently. It helps me challenge the status quo.
Here is some of my digitally-produced art.
Nate Watkins, North Carolina
Nate is part of the Autism Unveiled Project – 6 weeks of posts by Autistic people commencing on April 2, 2015, World Autism Awareness Day.