I photographed him for Stories of Autism, along with his brother, over breakfast at a local McDonalds. Thomas was cheerful and completely charming. It was very hard for him to turn off his ear-to-ear grin in order for me to get those “soulful eyes” portraits that I love so much!
His mother’s essay follows:
Thomas is six years old and has been exhibiting autistic signs since he was 18 months old. He has two older brothers with autism, so when Thomas didn’t walk or talk by 18 months old, I knew we were headed down the same path as his older brothers. We began Occupational and Speech Therapy. Thomas started talking more and his motor skills improved. With these, he progressed greatly, except for the occasions when they had concerts and he just stood there. Thomas knew the songs – he would sing them to me at home, but he refused to sing in front of people.
Thomas went on to a regular kindergarten. He started off the year well but as the year progressed he started having meltdowns and walking out of the classroom from over-stimulation. However, Thomas doesn’t want to be different. He takes what he calls “breaks” at school.
He is very interested in building and super heroes. He loves dinosaurs and playing in his own world. After we became active in Autism Solution Pieces, Thomas found many things he can participate in. He loves Koos for Kids bowling. By doing events with other kids like him, he is starting to see that he is not alone. He is growing from that every day.
I see a bright future for Thomas and great things ahead. Time will only tell what the world has in store.
Liz, Mother of Thomas
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