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  • 11 Years Old

  • Autism

Griffin was born at full term without any health problems. Early on, he met all of his developmental milestones and even did some things early.  Within the first week of birth, Griffin was holding his head up and looking around as well as rolling over.

Griffin’s family started noticing around 18-24 months that things had started to change for Griffin developmentally. Griffin’s eye contact and vocabulary had decreased and you could see a disconnect when he was around other children his age.  Griffin was so young which made it challenging to diagnose.  It was puzzling to see that Griffin’s vocabulary was advanced but his communication was far behind.  Shortly after Griffin turned three his family started the process of testing for Autism which was the eventual diagnosis.  Griffin’s young age made it difficult to really know what this meant for Griffin long-term.  Griffin receives speech and occupational therapy and most importantly interaction with other children not on the spectrum which has benefited him more than any other therapies.

“Griffin has always been full of energy and was running around the house by 10 months old.”

Present-day, Griffin is thriving! He always makes people laugh and has such a fun personality. Griffin has developed a love for art and one of his favorite hobbies is drawing.  Griffin’s life has inspired some amazing things to happen. Griffin’s dad, Michael, works in law enforcement and created a program where officers visit special needs children at school and become their friend first. They teach the kids that officers are there to help and how to properly act with law enforcement and to not be afraid.  Griffin and his mom have a social media platform where they share about products, events, and places that are Autism friendly.  Griffin’s family continues to raise awareness and shine a positive light on Autism and they are grateful for everyone who has been a part of the journey!

Photography by Carrie Birchfield Photography