The daily life of three brothers with autism - PhMuseum

The daily life of three brothers with autism

BARBARA ZANON

2007 - Ongoing

This ongoing long term project tells about an italian family living with Autism Spectrum Disease (ASD). Emilia and Francesco, after having tried for a child for years, 
 they resorted successfully to artificial insemination (ICSI) and had twins: Luisa and Riccardo. Only nine months after their birth, Emilia became spontaneously pregnant with their third child, Michele.


At two and a half years, Riccardo and Luisa were diagnosed with a severe form of ASD. Unfortunately, just a year later, Michele was diagnosed with the same.

Autism is a neural development disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication.


No one knows the real causes of this condition and for now, no cures exist.
There are several treatments to autism spectrum disorders, such as drug therapy, speech therapy, psycho-motor therapy, psycho-educational therapy, pet therapy, and facilitated communication, but often families are left on their own.

This is the daily life of these three brothers. I started take pictures when Michele Born, 13 years ago, but definitly i started this work in 2016.

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  • february 2020: Michele in a pool

  • 2007: Riccardo and Luisa, 1.5 years old, with Emilia, their Mother

  • february 2020: portrait of Luisa

  • 2016: portrait of Riccardo

  • 2018: portrait of Michele

  • 2016: luisa in the kitchen with the tata.

  • Michele at school during the gym

  • Riccardo and Francesco at home

  • 2016: Luisa

  • Luisa, portrait

  • 2018: luisa at the market

  • Emilia (mother) and Riccardo

  • Michele Riccardo and Luisa in the pool

  • Michele and Emilia

  • Luisa at home plays with games

  • feb 2020: Michele and Riccardo

  • Luisa in a hotel during winter holidays with family

  • Riccardo before sleeping at home

  • Riccardo and Francesco (father)

  • Luisa


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