Graham: Stories of Autism [Gigi’s Joy Photography: Racine Special Needs Photographer]

Racine Special Needs Photographer, Burlington Autism photography Union Grove family documentary photographer

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.)

Racine Autism photographer, Union Grove family documentary photography lifestyle

His mother’s essay follows:

Graham

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.

Kenosha Autism photographer, Racine family documentary photography lifestyle

Kenosha Autism photographer, Union Grove family documentary photography lifestyle

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.

Kenosha Autism photographer, Union Grove family documentary photography lifestyle

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.

Kenosha Autism photographer, Union Grove family documentary photography lifestyle

Kenosha Autism photographer, Union Grove family documentary photography lifestyle

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

Burlington, Wisconsin

2017-04-04_0009

 

**************

To read more about Stories of Autism, click here.

For an Introduction to the 2017 Stories of Autism Gallery, click here.

One Comment on “Graham: Stories of Autism [Gigi’s Joy Photography: Racine Special Needs Photographer]

  1. Graham has a big part of all his familys hearts. He is the sweetest little boy, full of love. May he always be a happy and as he is, now.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: