Autism can cripple an individual’s ability to socially interact and express themselves in ways that most of us can understand. However, this poorly-understood neurological disorder can also bestow extraordinary talents. Take, for example, 5-year-old Iris Grace, who creates beautifully expressive paintings in spite of – and perhaps because of – her autism.
Grace paints with an understanding of color that most 5-year-olds don’t have. However, she is only now learning to speak – something most 5-year-olds started to do when they were 2.
Grace’s mother, Arabella Carter Johnson, discovered her daughter’s talent when she introduced her to painting as a way to help her with her speech therapy. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints,” she writes on their website. “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.”
The family sells Grace’s paintings for auction on their website and donates to various organizations that work with autism, so be sure to take a look!