Autism is a neural development disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted or repetitive behavior.
Many therapies have been developed over the years to help children and parents cope with difficult behavior and improve social interaction.
Now a young girl with autism has captured the attention of the world through art therapy.
Iris Grace, a five-year-old from Leicestershire, began painting last year. Art collectors and gallery owners are astonished by her work's intense color and composition. Her paintings have been sold to private art collectors in the UK and around the world for thousands of dollars. Profits go towards Iris Grace's art materials and therapy.
Iris’s mother says that Iris loves being outside with her cat Thula and “She will watch water, trees, wind, leaves, flowers, birds, clouds… she is so interested in movement and how it changes things...There have been a lot of references to Monet because of the Impressionistic style".
Thula is a constant source of inspiration and is often featured in her work, such as her painting ‘Raining Cats’.
Autism can have a huge impact on an individual and family. Creative therapy like play, art and music have been successful treatment for many.