Many people diagnosed with autism know that communicating through speech and social interaction can be challenging, but 5-year-old Iris Grace found a new way to challenge her energy: painting. She resides in the UK with her parents and has incredible concentration span of about two hours whenever she paints. Her mother says, “I make up some cups of very watery paints, she chooses which one she would like to use and gets me to make more when she needs it and she mixes her own colours from mug to mug. 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.” Continue reading for more images.
My Modern Met says, “Not only does painting lift Iris’s mood and help her engage with the world around her, but it also helps raise awareness of autism, which currently affects around 100,000 children in the UK alone. “When you are a parent or a teacher of a child with autism and you are trying to interact with them you are constantly looking for ways to find that key that will allow you into their world. For me seeing Iris’ love of painting was just that, a precious key, says Iris’ mom.”