Graham is a little ball of energy with a big personality. When I look back at this images, I’m amazed at how many of those soulful looks I got on camera, because all I remember from our Stories of Autism session is his laugh. He is charming, bright, and silly.
(Proof of that silliness below when he got so close to my camera lens that his face became distorted.)
His mother’s essay follows:
Graham is 4 years old and enjoys running at full speed, playing with dinosaurs, and singing made-up songs as loud as possible. Each dinosaur has a different roar and Graham makes sure to tell us the names of all of them! Each song usually has something to do with an activity he’s doing. He is sweet and enjoys a good hug or snuggle on the couch while we watch a movie too.
A year ago, he said nothing.
Graham was diagnosed at age three with Autism. We were completely taken by surprise because although he didn’t talk, Graham always had good eye contact, sought out human interaction, and is the complete opposite of his older brother, Tristan, who also has Autism.
The reason we had Graham evaluated was because a friend saw a video of him getting super excited watching something on TV. Graham was sitting on the floor and kicking his legs up and down while clenching and unclenching his fists. At his evaluation, we discovered that this is a form of stereotypy.
Nowadays, Graham always has something to say. We are so happy to have him in therapy where he excels and surprises us with each new thing he learns. The future is bright for our sweet and intelligent boy and we are happy to be on this ride with him!
Katy, mother of Graham
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