“May have been diagnosed as autistic or Asperger’s when young, or may have been thought of as gifted, shy, sensitive, etc. May also have had obvious or severe learning deficits.” I wasn’t diagnosed until the age of 23. Even though I showed key symptoms as a child on the spectrum, because I was successful and overall agreeable in the elementary years of school, my social struggles were overlooked. I was “gifted,” so disability was ruled out. By middle school, the differences started to show, but research on teen girls on the spectrum was little. Thanks to my “giftedness,” I was able to memorize enough social rules and mask just enough to never get the guidance and support I truly needed. What’s your story?