A musician from Worcester Park has released an album about how she came to terms with being diagnosed with autism late in her life.

Autism is usually identified at an early age but Kat Mills found out when she was 30 years old, alongside ADHD and sensory processing disorder.

A keen cellist, pianist and singer, she is now using her talent to explore the difficulties she faced early on through a new album, ‘Work in Progress’.

She said: “From a young age, I found that music connected with me in a special way and I loved playing the cello, piano and singing.

“As I grew, I became aware I was ‘different’ and wondered if there was something fundamentally wrong with me.

“I stuck out and was bullied and felt isolated. This culminated in a breakdown at the age of 15, and it’s when I started to pour myself into writing songs and poems.

“When I couldn’t speak to others about what was going on and felt misunderstood, I wrote and sang, and it felt like I found a voice.”

It was after her son was diagnosed with autism that she had a “lightbulb moment”, and she could “suddenly see” the challenges she had faced herself.

After releasing a couple songs in 2015 and 2016, Kat then released an album called ‘Work in Progress’.

She added: “As I started to write and develop the songs for this, I felt led to write honestly and vulnerably about my life – coming to terms with being autistic and learning to overcome the challenges.

“But also celebrating the truth that I haven’t been made wrong and to see the beautiful way God has designed me with music flowing through my veins.”

‘Work in Progress’ was recorded in Chichester, West Sussex, before it’s set for its release on March 30 – with singles ‘Not Made Wrong’ already available.

Another single by Kat, ‘The Piano’ is due out on March 11.

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