Christine DeSavino Photography

Learning to Give… | Shine a Light on Autism ~ Entry #7

This mother’s appreciation for ‘giving’ is not only evident in what she is teaching her son, but it’s also reflected in what she has taught her daughter.

Thanks for sharing your two beautiful gifts with us.


family photo of mother, daughter, and son with autismHi, I am the lucky mother, of 2 beautiful kids. My daughter is 8 years old and my son is 5 years old. I am a stay at home mom with many titles. I’m very knowledgible about speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hippo therapy, and biomedical treatments. Oh did I mention my son has autism. Years ago I woud have started off this story with the statement, “My son has autism” but in reality autism shouldn’t define my son or my family. My son is a gift that I’m working very hard to share with the rest of the world. I use the word gift because children with autism tend to be more comfortable in their own little world, and I am desperately trying to teach my son to give more of himself to others.

This is not always an easy task. For instance, I can’t always go to certain places with my son, or for that matter stay in certain places with my son. As an adult I’m not affected by it, but it is very hard to explain to my daughter that we can’t go somewhere, or we have to leave now because your brother is uncomfortable. Siblings sometimes take a back seat when it comes to autism. I know my daughter definately does. My husband and I try our best to make sure each child gets to do what they want to do, but many times that also means splitting up the family. I am very proud of my daughter and the fact that she understands her brother is different, but she is also a kid herself and I feel sometimes she has to deal with more than she should.

I’m going to end my story again with I’m the lucky mother of 2 beautiful kids. I hope you think so too!!!

~story & photo submitted by the children’s mother

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We just received the photos from our second shoot with Christine and we were thrilled again! The first shoot was for family beach photos with our toddler, and Christine captured the life and spirit of our daughter at her favorite place, the beach! This last shoot was for our newborn twins and their big sister. Christine and David brought all the accessories and backgrounds that allowed the photos to look professional but still be in the comfort of our own home. The photos are absolutely stunning (and the edits came fast -- which was great, because I was so anxious to see the finished products!) I'm rearranging walls in my house to accommodate more! Christine and David are a pleasure to work with. Since they are parents themselves, they handled and positioned our newborns with ease and they know how to interact with toddlers. I love all of my photos and can't wait for the next opportunity to do a shoot! Time to re-do the beach photos now with all 3 kids!

~Mary Ellen M

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