30 Faces of Autism – Day 22 | Northern Virginia Family Photography | Autism Awareness

We go through life with one viewpoint, our own. In many cases your neighbors, coworkers, peers, and family members may share similar viewpoints on certain things. Individuals with autism view the world entirely different. Talking with them and finding what speaks to them can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. You may be astonished at how they make you view the world, and you may never want to go back to how you viewed the world before getting a glimpse into theirs.

Tori is 11 years old and in the 6th grade. Her favorite subject is PE. She doesn’t have any siblings, but has a dog named Heidi. She was diagnosed with autism when she was 3.5 years old.

Her favorite toys are Disney figurines, pop up hairbrushes, and her iPhone. She loves to bounce, do yoga, but doesn’t like to brush her teeth and isn’t so good at catching a ball. She is extremely smart, and made honor roll last quarter.

Tori’s favorite places to visit are her Nana and Api’s house, Disney, and Massachusetts. Her favorite music is Disney music and although her favorite movie changes every week, her current favorite is Lilo and Stitch.

Disney has played a very important role in helping Tori come out of her shell. She loves seeing the characters, riding the rides, and enjoys everything about it…everything that is until the fireworks begin.

Tori lost her speech when she was 3 years old. After many years in speech therapy she has finally regained it and is able to speak fluidly and express herself. Despite having speech challenges still she can maneuver a situation to her advantage. Socialization and communication continue to be her biggest challenges currently.

Tori is sensitive just like most children in general, even those not on the spectrum. She has passion, emotion, feelings, likes and dislikes. Her disability does not define or confine her.

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