Communication difficulties are one of the characteristics of autism. Giving those with autism an outlet for expression helps voice what they feel. One autistic girl, 5-year old Iris Grace, uses her paintings to do just that. While most kids begin to learn speech at age 2, Grace started later at age 5. As part of speech therapy, Grace was encouraged to paint. That’s when her mother, Arabella Carter Johnson, discovered her enormous talents.
Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.
Her family sells her paintings online and they’ve sold for upwards of a thousand dollars. Her family donates the proceeds to organizations working with autism. Please support Grace on her Facebook or website. She is an amazing child!