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This Autistic Boy Hates Being Photographed – so His Mom Made a Compromise with Him

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Mom and photographer Samantha Bishop knows better than most that getting good pictures of children can be a task (or even a chore) and that in parenting (and photography) sometimes compromise is necessary. That goes double for parents of children with special needs – her son, Levi, has autism.

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Autism is defined as “a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.”

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It can also cause social issues and anxiety, which is what happens to Levi when he’s put in front of a camera. He told his mom that because of his discomfort with eye contact and smiling on command, he struggles with “what to do with his face.”

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So, his mother decided that compromise was in order, and allowed her son to wear a T-rex costume in family pictures.

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Honestly, I kind of wish I’d thought of this first, because these pictures of Levi and is sister Lola are seriously brilliant good fun.

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Having kids is all about finding the joy in every day, and I’d say this family is a few steps ahead on that front.