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Diagnosed with autism at 21, and OK with it

Clare Ansberry


It took 21 years for Lydia Wayman to understand why she was different. At 2, she was discussing the life cycles of insects with her mother. At 4, she was reading chapter books. While gifted academically, Lydia refused most foods, couldn’t stand clothes with seams, and became inconsolable if bumped in a crowded store. She loved cats but had trouble making friends. When her parents consulted doctors and psychologists, they were told their daughter suffered from anxiety and would outgrow her food avers ..

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