{Autism Awareness | Meet Elliot}

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Introducing our second sweet boy! This is Elliot.

Elliot loves The Beatles (you can refer to him as Paul), penguins, board games board games board games, playing outside, baking, reading, The Wiggles, and carrots.Untitled_0119He is the little brother of Henry and according to him, an honorary member of the Beatles. I met Elliot when he was a wee lad (ok-getting a bit carried away with my Liverpool roots after mentioning the Beatles) while doing therapy with his big brother. At that time I think he was about 18 months old and what an adorable and happy child! Fast forward a few years later and here we are!

Elliot is just as adorable and happy as he ever was. Now in 4K and thriving. He was diagnosed at age 3 and when his mom told me, honestly, I was surprised. Elliot had always made great eye contact, been engaged, talkative, etc. But that just goes to show that some of the signs can be muddied and harder to recognize.

Autism Awareness Madison WI Children Photographer Autism Awareness Madison WI Children Photographer Autism Awareness Madison WI Children Photographer Untitled_0115Untitled_0116Untitled_0117Untitled_0118The relationship these two brothers share is special. They are lovely boys all the way around, so it’s no surprise they are such good buddies.Autism Awareness Madison WI Children Photographer Autism Awareness Madison WI Children Photographer

I have said it before and I will say it again, Henry and Elliot have wonderful parents. Both attentive and nurturing, Emily and Erik clearly foster their boys intelligence, inquisitive natures and silliness!

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There is a lot to know about Autism. I asked Emily what the diagnosis of Autism has taught their family. Here are her words,

It teaches us patience, for sure.  It also teaches us that the boys have their own unique time-lines, and we need to embrace each milestone they hit, regardless of when they hit it.  I think the thing it’s taught us most is that, although the label of Autism is a fantastic way to get more doors open (the services in Madison are top-notch and have been so so so valuable), that children with Autism are absolutely not defined by it.  I tell my boys, and believe it whole-heartedly, that they can do whatever they want in their lives; nothing but possibilities.  Autism is just a different way of learning and seeing the world, and they just need to hone in on their natural talents/strengths and go with them.

I couldn’t have said it better.

-Laura

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