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Beautifully Different – Mae

Beautifully Different

A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs

Mae is Beautifully Different

Meet Mae. Mae has a very rare condition called Williams Syndrome. This sweet girl is 1 in 30,000. Williams Syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body. This condition is characterized by mild to moderate intellectual disability or learning problems, unique personality characteristics, distinctive facial features, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) problems. Mae also has heart issues, high calcium and kidney issues. Her high calcium has warranted one hospital stay, she was in the hospital for 2 weeks. According to the doctors, she had the highest calcium levels in the world and they had to call on the expertise of a doctor in Thailand to figure out how to treat her. Mae is Beautifully Different!

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The Diagnosis

Mae was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome in February of this year (2018). It can be either genetic or sporadic, in Mae’s case, is is sporadic. Mae lives a life a little differently than your typical one year old. She is very familiar with hospitals, doctors, and specialists! Mae has specialists and therapy appointments 2 to 3 times a week. She cant eat solid foods yet also her parents have to watch what they give her in terms of calcium. Mae also has her blood drawn frequently. She is very small in stature as well and has low tone so she is behind developmentally. Mae is truly amazing,  most Williams Syndrome babies don’t crawl til almost 2 and she is almost walking! She is a true miracle!

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Marvelous. Loving. Infectious Smile.

Mae is an absolutely inspiring and sweet little girl! She was so excited to be at the studio, with all of us doting on her! Mae is a very determined little girl, when she see’s something she wants- she goes after it!. She does not quit and always has a smile on her face. She loves music and has the most exquisite and sparkling blue eyes! Mae’s Mom talked about her with such pride. I could see the love and support that she has for her little girl. Marvelous Mae definitely made a lasting impression on me!

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Beautifully Different – Jase

Beautifully Different

A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs

Jase is Beautifully Different

Meet Jase, a super sweet and energetic  4 year old boy! Jase has a sensory processing disorder (SPD). Sensory Processing Disorders are conditions in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Jase feels and reacts differently than a typical child, to regular sensory experiences. Those simple things that are so easy for us bother him. He avoids loud noises as they are extremely amplified for him. On top of this he has a speech and language disorder where he can not say some of his letters, he has trouble with the K sound especially. Children with SPD thrive on routine. They are not as flexible as a neuro-typicall child when it comes to new activities. Jase has to do occupational and speech therapy and is also afraid of heights. Jase is Beautifully Different!

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The Diagnosis

Jase’s family learned of his Sensory Processing Disorder about a year ago. His days revolve around routines, to help keep him calm. He is constantly having to react differently to different situations than what a normal child would. If Jase feels that an environment is too loud or too busy he will have a melt down. He doesn’t know how to just let it go. Jase thrives on his routine and if that routine is messed with he is a totally different child. He has come along way but he also used to be very afraid of new people. All of his doctor visits have come to get him used to people.

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Sweet. Caring. Gentle.

Jase is just the sweetest little guy! Despite his SPD, he warmed quickly to me! We chatted about his family and all the different things he likes.  It was easy to see loves his mommy and his family.  He is a very active little boy and he loves transformers and will try to tell you all about them! Jase went on and on about his dogs and kitties! He is a great listener and super smart! I really enjoyed spending time with this little guy!

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Beautifully Different – Chase

Beautifully Different

A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs

Chase is Beautifully Different

I am so honored today to tell you Chase’s story. He is a beautiful little 6 year old boy, with severe Autism. Chase is non-verbal, he also has intellectual disability, sensory processing disorder, OCD, and Pica. Pica is a psychological disorder characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive. (i.e ice, paper, soil) Chase has had quite a few hospital stays in his short little life, He has had an Adenoidectomy (twice), tubes in his ears (twice), and a tonsillectomy. Chase is amazing, and he is Beautifully Different!

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The Diagnosis

Chase was diagnosed with Autism around 6 months old. Up til then, he had developed typically. Somewhere around the 6th month mark, he stopped all eye contact and started flapping his hands and legs – the entire day. He would flap and stim (Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or repetitive movement.) from the moment he woke until the moment he went to bed. After a few months of hearing – why does he do that? his Mom realized it was time to take him to the pediatrician and discuss it. The word Autism was brought up, and her heart shattered. After the heartbreak, Chase’s family rolled up their sleeves and have been fighting ever since. The additional diagnoses followed his 3rd, 4th and 5th year. Chase was regressing and becoming more severe. That only meant they had to work harder.

Everyday life for Chase is a little different than a typical 6 year old. Chase attends a special needs school and receives in home Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. A trip outside of the home takes  for Chase and his Family requires planning and consideration to his needs. They can’t just run an errand, or stop and grab something to eat. Chase is sensitive to light, sound, crowds and waiting is a challenge for him, from stop lights to lines in a grocery store. His Mom and Dad make sure that their home is rather empty as his Pica causes him to eat non-edible items such as plants, wires, wood, plastics, etc. His home is safe, and a place he can be himself and be happy! (and happy he is!)

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Perfect. Innocent. Loving.

Chase has an unspoken power. His soul is pure and kind and when he looks at someone, they feel special and fall in love instantly. He was meant to change the world. Chase was meant to show that love needs no words and that being different can be absolutely beautiful. In his Mom’s words-  “His smile LIGHTS up rooms, our hearts and without a doubt, is the most beautiful gift I have ever been given.”

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Beautifully Different – Sarah

Beautifully Different

A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs

Sarah is Beautifully Different

Today I would like to introduce you to the beautiful Miss. Sarah! Sarah is 1 in 189. One out of every 189 girls is on the autism spectrum. Autism is a wide range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in childhood and lasts throughout a person’s life. Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. She received her Autism diagnosis at the age of 2. Sarah is Beautifully Different!Kathy Rogers Photography_Beautifully Different_Children Photographer in Amherst_Little girl _autism

Sarah has limited verbal communication and can have a difficult time socializing with her peers. She tries really hard to express herself and is working very hard at home and at school on her social and overall skills. Sarah is the youngest of 4 girls in her family, so she has an amazing support system! Her parents and her sisters help Sarah to reach her maximum potential! She is such an amazing little girl!

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Sweet. Beautiful. Unique.

Sarah is so much more than her diagnosis! She is smart and fun and funny. Sarah loves her mommy and daddy and her sisters! She loves being around her friends. Sarah absolutely loves swimming! She is the best swimmer in her family and has been swimming since she was 2 years old. Sarah also loves to bake especially at home with her sisters. She is an incredibly hard worker, she applies herself to whatever task is in from of her and she never gives up! Sarah is so inspiring! Her smile will surely light up any room she’s in.

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Beautifully Different – Emma

Beautifully Different

A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs

Emma is Beautifully Different

I am honored today to tell the story of the gorgeous Miss Emma! Emma is 11 years old, and has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, and a low IQ. When she was in kindergarten, her parents noticed that she was struggling a bit and at that time they learned of her differences. ADHD is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Emma is a beautiful young lady, and she is Beautifully Different!

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Most kids with ADHD require accommodations in school to support their challenges. Since there is a higher than normal incidence of learning disorders in the ADHD population, making need for academic accommodations more common.  Emma is an amazing girl, but her learning disabilities effect her everyday at school. She’s in different classrooms than most of her peers, and has different teachers than the other students. Emma is sometimes treated differently by students and teachers, but she doesn’t let that hold her back from anything! These labels that were given to her are not hers. She knows no boundaries!

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Courageous. Caring. Innocent.

Emma is a typical 11 year old girl in many many ways! She LOVES to play sports. Emma plays soccer, basketball, softball, golf and volleyball. She loves to sing & dance. Not many kids at Emma’s school have disabilities, but she doesn’t care, even if other children treat her different she still wants to be friends. She is tenacious and kind. She is an inspiration to her family, and anyone who she meets! In the face of everything she has an amazing spirit and a kind heart. The world would be a better place if we had more people like Emma!

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Beautifully Different – Melody

Beautifully Different

A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs

Melody is Beautifully Different

I am so excited to introduce you to this beautiful little girl, Melody! Melody was born with a condition called Agensis of the Corpus Callosum and Microcephaly (a smaller than normal head). Agenesis of corpus callosum (ACC) is a rare neurological disorder. It is characterized by a partial or complete absence (agenesis) of an area of the brain that connects the two cerebral hemispheres, in Melody’s case it is complete.  ACC is frequently diagnosed during the first two years of life. Melody’s parents first learned of her disorder at their 20 week ultrasound, and then it was confirmed with an MRI at the age of 3 months.  Melody is Beautifully Different!

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ACC affects Melody’s life in a big way. She wears braces on her legs to give her support and with them she can stand while holding onto something or someone. Melody is learning how to walk using a walker, but her main form of transportation is a, as her Mom describes it, commando crawl (pulling herself with her arms while on her belly). She isn’t able to form many words yet, but babbles all day long. Just about everything is more difficult for Melody than it is for a typical kid. She has to practice things before she is able to do them. Despite things being harder for her she rarely gets frustrated and loves life! She goes to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Aquatic Therapy every week to help her learn and practice new skills.

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Determined. Sweet. Perfect.

Melody seemed shy at first, but quickly warmed up to me during her photo session. She is like a ray of sunshine! I really enjoyed listening to her laugh, and seeing the amazing bond she shares with her Mom. Melody’s differences make her MORE beautiful! She amazes her family every day with new skills and the progress that she makes. Melody loves going to therapy and loves learning! She is always so full of joy and has the most contagious smile. She is determined. Once she sets her mind on something she will never give up!

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Beautifully Different – C

Beautifully Different

A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs

C is Beautifully Different

I am so honored today to tell the story of little Mr. C, who was welcomed in to the loving arms of his adoptive parents shortly after he was born. He was born with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. C had to fight from the minute he was born. He spent a month and a half in the NICU for two holes in his heart, Periventricular leukomalacia ( or PVL, a type of brain injury that affects infants. The condition involves the death of small areas of brain tissue around fluid-filled areas called ventricles. The damage creates “holes” in the brain), bleeding in brain, neutropenia, (the presence of abnormally few neutrophils in the blood, leading to increased susceptibility to infection.) metabolic acidosis, neglect by birth parents, and prenatal exposure to opiods. C is amazing little guy, and he is definitely, incredibly, beautifully different!

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C’s conditions affect his daily life in many ways. He cannot walk unassisted, so he uses a power wheelchair, walker, and cane to assist him with his mobility. C also has developmental delays and challenges in all areas, physical, emotional, speech, cognitive, and social. He overcomes these challenges everyday, with a smile on his face! He has two amazing, loving, supportive parents who make sure he has what he needs to succeed!

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Determined. Loving. Imaginative.

C is just like every other 5 year old boy I have met! He is sweet, caring, curious, and chatty! We talked about lots of things and had a blast chasing him around Sandstone Village in Amherst! C has an amazing love for life. He is strong and determined. C was dealt a hard hand, and parents are so very proud of him and how far he has come. He has a very bright and happy future!

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