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Photographing Children with Special Needs

Official Curriculum SKPA Course Book












Photographing Children with Special Needs, by Karen Dórame, published by Amherst Media, was launched in 2000, the same time Special Kids Photography of America was established as a nonprofit organization. Although reprint of the book would benefit from fresher images that reflect current photographic styles, the information offered has been thoroughly researched and reviewed by health care professionals and has also been verified by parents of special children. The Study Guide, on the other hand, is occasionally updated as new information becomes available.

Information in the book covers what to expect (or not expect) in sessions with children who have autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, Prader Willi, the sensory disorders such as blindness or hearing loss as well as all the major disorders commonly encountered in today's society.

Photographing Children with Special Needs is designed to be used in tandem with the Special Kids Photography Study Guidealso available on this website as a combo package. It is not sold alone. The Study Guide is used to enhance comprehension of material in Photographing Children with Special Needs. The Study Guide also provides a "short list" of behaviors or other things to expect in sessions with children who have various disabilities. A handy note-taking area is also provided for a photographer to record personal, first-hand experiences in photo sessions.


Special Kids Photography of America is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that offers comprehensive training and tools for educating photographers in the unique skills needed for creating the most successful environment and subsequent portrait results when photographic sessions with special children. Purchase in the SKPA e-store.




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