Boy Dresses As T-Rex In Family Pics And They Go Viral For Inspiring Reason
Coordinating and taking family photos can be a hectic experience for all. With an autistic child who struggles to take pictures, it can be even harder. However, one mom allowed her autistic son to showcase his creativity in his photography session and got incredible memories that will last a lifetime.
Mother And Son
Samantha Bishop has raised her young son Levi alone since he was six months old. As Levi reached preschool, she noticed something was different about him. “He struggled in a classroom, had extreme emotional outbursts and was regressing on a regular basis,” Samantha shared on Facebook. After many visits to Levi’s school and with doctors, she finally learned the truth. Levi was autistic.
Working to give Levi what he needed was a full-time job for Samantha. The mom moved him between schools and doctors, trying hard to find a right fit for her son. Eventually, she ended up quitting her job in emergency services and switching to a job that would allow her to focus more on Levi: photography. Though she loved her new career, little Levi really struggled in front of the camera.
Levi is very self-conscious and typically is uncomfortable being in front of the camera. It can be an agitating process for both mom and son. “Taking a picture usually involves a lot of bribery and a lot of dancing,” Samantha admitted. But soon the young mom would try a new tactic that would work wonders for her son.
A Mini Jurassic World
After realizing that many of Levi’s photos were forced and inauthentic, Samantha decided to let him decide what to do for his next photo session. Levi chose something pretty epic: to dress up as a T-Rex. Samantha went along with it, taking pictures of Levi in his costume alongside his cousin Lola. It was the most fun Levi’s had in front of the camera ever! “He was laughing hysterically, and he was super-excited,” Samantha shared.
In His Element
Samantha later posted the photos online, where they quickly went viral. While she received a lot of love and support, there were some naysayers who stated that Levi’s autism shouldn’t have been the focus. However, the mom doesn’t regret sharing the photos or Levi’s condition. “This is the goofy, hilarious, kindhearted boy I was given,” Samantha stated. “And so I choose to celebrate his “labels” and teach him to use them to his advantage rather than see them as an obstacle.”
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