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How My Son's Autism Diagnosis Led to My Own

**I'm taking a little break from writing about sewing today, since it is "Autistic Pride Day!" This article was originally published on my former blog and was also published on Scary Mommy. I've referenced my son and myself being on the spectrum in previous posts, so decided to repost this article for those who'd like to read our story! 

Current autism research in little girls is greatly limited. Separating the sexes in diagnostics and research is a burgeoning new field, meaning that current estimates of autism affecting 4:1 boys to girls, respectively, may be grossly out of date. After my son’s diagnosis, I began fiercely researching anything I could find about it, and have learned that I, myself, am autistic.

 This past summer, my son was diagnosed with autism. I knew he was different from the moment he was born, but every time I saw him do something “quirky,” I would tell myself (and everyone else), “Oh, that’s normal, he’s just like me. I did that.”

 He was the …
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