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    Tiny Touch Photography is one of Baltimore and Washington DC's premier photography studios, specializing in maternity, newborns and children.

    Photographer Angela McLaughlin specializes in creating fine art portraiture while giving clients a custom boutique experience that they deserve. It's her mission to capture the amazing 'firsts' that happen day to day so that parents can always cherish and remember the moments that fade away so quickly.

    Angela and her husband Nathan live in Bowie, MD with their 4 kids...Connor-9, Haley-7, Tyler-5, and Caleb-2. They enjoy doing things as a family like biking, canoeing, camping, swimming, and traveling.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 26 | Dunkirk Children Photography | Autism Awareness

Autism is not always the biggest challenge. The biggest challenge is how people react to autism. In order to change lives, the perspective of people all around need to change. When you see a child having a meltdown in the grocery please don’t stare or give a dirty look. Instead offer a reassuring smile and maybe even ask if she needs help with anything. Try to keep in mind that the child is not giving his parent a hard time…he is having a hard time.

Kellen is 9 years old and is in the 3rd grade. He doesn’t have any siblings but has a cat named Oscar. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old.

Kellen likes to play lacrosse and basketball. He loves to swim and when he grows up he wants to be a surfer.

He loves to skateboard and swing, but doesn’t like going to the doctor or birthday parties. His favorite place to go is the beach.

Kellen has great balance and is very physical. He is non-verbal and also struggles with fine motor activities. He’s not so good at standing in line, or eating anything green. His favorite food is pizza.

Kellen is the sweetest kid with the biggest heart. People that do make the effort to get to know him think the world of him.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 25 | Annapolis Family Photography | Autism Awareness

Children with higher functioning autism look very ‘normal’. Sometimes they may even act very ‘normal’. At times, this makes strangers, and even other parents, family members or teachers think that the issue is just a disobedient child or a bad parent. They may even see his or her progress and say that they are outgrowing their autism. If he is overcoming a certain delay or difficulty, it isn’t because he is outgrowing it, rather he is working through hard work, interventions and support.

Sam is 4 years old and in Pre-School. He has a 2 year old sister named Maggie and a dog named Scout. He was diagnosed with autism very recently when he was 4 years old.

Sam is very smart and a real charmer as you can see from his pictures. He has a great memory and can remember anything. He has some sensory problems, and is always jumping and rocking.

In school, circle time is his favorite thing to do, but he doesn’t like writing or coloring. He enjoys wrestling, golf, soccer, swimming, going to restaurants, eating ice cream, and working on the computer.

Sam loves Chick-fil-a, and is afraid of monsters. He is really good at helping people with stuff and his favorite memory has been going to Disney World. When he grows up he wants to help his daddy coach at the Naval Academy.

His biggest struggles are understanding social cues, impulsiveness, and body awareness. He does great when he’s on a schedule, but gets frustrated quickly in spontaneous situations.

Sam is very very very verbal. He has difficulty knowing what to say in social situations and at times his responses are very odd and irrelevant. For example, he may respond with “How are you?” by saying “peanut butter”.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 24 | DC Family Photography | Autism Awarness

Siblings of autistic children are seven times more likely to develop autism than those without siblings with autism. This equals out to a 1 in 5, or a 20% chance. When it comes to identical twins, if one twin has autism the other has a 76% chance of also being diagnosed with it compared to a 34% chance with fraternal twins.

America and Starr are 10 years old and in the 4th grade. They are identical twin sisters and also have an older brother, Race, who is 12 years old. They have 11 chickens as pets…one named Fred and 10 of them named Pricilla. They were both diagnosed with autism when they were 3 years old.

America’s greatest strength is her ability to work through a challenging situation, whether it’s jumping off the diving board to reading a book. She has a pattern of exceeding everyone’s expectations. She has low muscle tone and poor coordination so her parents were unsure if she would ever be able to swim, ride a bike, or even run. She is doing all of these things now and more, to include ballet and yoga. She has her own style, and accomplishes things through pure determination.

Starr has come a long way since she was 3 years old. Her parents were worried that she would never be able to talk but now is a real bonafide jabber jaw. She can now ask thoughtful questions, contribute to class discussions, and annoy her brother endlessly about all of her princess dolls. She’s a little comedian.

The girls are definitely their own person. America loves to jump on the trampoline, and Starr loves the tire swing. America doesn’t like ketchup, and Starr doesn’t like mustard. America wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up, and Starr wants to be a teacher. America’s favorite animal is a horse, and Starr’s is a dolphin. They have a lot of common interests as well like swimming, yoga, dancing, and their dislike for hot sauce.

America’s greatest struggle is managing her frustration tolerance, which is triggered by something she can’t do, have, or a change of plans. Whereas most kids get disappointed if they are denied something, it can set off a potential meltdown if not handled properly. Her family has learned to communicate in such a way that America is not trapped in a world of “no’s” that provoke anxiety.

Starr still struggles with maintaining her attention to a given task, so she needs an aid in school to keep her focused. Getting ready for school can be a challenge, often being half dressed playing with toys 5 minutes before leaving for school. Starr also does not do well with changes in plans, although is developing coping skills and becoming more flexible. She has good days and bad days and predicting which day it will be has been difficult.

Both girls have gone through a number of treatments and therapies and have seen more doctors than many people see in a lifetime. “Miss America’s” journey is never dull. It has it’s challenges, but also extremely rich rewards. “Super Starr” has continued to improve and her parents are so blessed that her ceiling has not been reach and she has so much more potential.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 23 | Southern Maryland Family Portraits | Autism Awareness

One of the common misconceptions hwith individuals with autism is they are not social. While some are not social at all, most children and adults on the spectrum desire to have friends and relationships. Some individuals with autism may be extremely social, but just not understand all the social cues and social rules. They may need help interacting with peers as their social and communication skills may be lacking. With intervention, they can be taught what they didn’t naturally learn.

Cameron is 12 years old and in the 7th grade. He has a fish and a snail named SnailBob. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old.

Cameron’s favorite food is Ledo’s pepperoni pizza, and is allergic to strawberries. In school his favorite subject is math and his least favorite subjects are reading and comprehension. His favorite memory is going to Disney World with his cousins.

When Cameron grows up he wants to be an IT Specialist. He loves playing on the computer and is great with technology. His favorite things are coding and making spreadsheets. He doesn’t like doing homework or waiting in lines. His favorite book is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

Cameron likes to swim and play video games. He also swims and plays basketball for Special Olympics. His favorite animal is a panda and his favorite movie is Star Wars The Force Awakens. He’s afraid of bees, bugs, thunderstorms, loud noises, cats and dogs.

He has overcome having little to no speech for years. He loves to be included in social events, even though he requires some support. His favorite places to go are Disney World, Knoebels, Chuck-E-Cheese and the movies.

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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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