A boy, his art, and Autism

Jonathan Harrington Davis

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Jonathan was born on January 3rd, 1998. He is the second of four children and has an older sister Brooke and two younger sisters Lauren and Natalie. His parents are Bob and Shonda Davis. He lives in Northeast Ohio . Jonathan attends school at Dragonfly Academy in Canton, OH - a school specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The changes we have seen in Jonathan since going to this school are unbelievable.  He is initiating conversation more and is generally more animated and understands certain actions are not "normal" such as arm flapping.

Autism

At 20 months of age, Jonathan was diagnosed with Autism. For the most part he is an intelligent, fun loving 9-year old boy who loves to laugh, play chase, play computer games, and draw pictures of animals doing human activities. Most people that meet Jonathan are immediately impacted by him.  However,  Jonathan does not initiate much conversation and though he can communicate effectively, you would not be able to have a "typical" conversation with him.


If you would like a definition of Autism click here. The CDC now states that 1 in 150 eight-year old children have some form of Autism. Click here for the CDC site and more information. It has not always been easy raising a child with Autism, but Jonathan has been a true blessing to our family and we love him dearly.  I think you can see from his drawings that he is for the most part a happy child.

His Art

As mentioned above, one of Jonathan's favorite activities is to draw pictures. He draws a lot of pictures using his magna doodle and this makes it almost impossible to permanently capture his drawings. Therefore, many of his drawings have been captured using a digital camera. Recently he has taken to drawing the pictures using Microsoft Paint on the computer. His ability to manipulate the images in his drawings using Paint is a phenomenal ordeal to watch. Check out some of his drawings in the Art Gallery

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