3-Year-Old Non-Verbal Autistic Toddler Amazes With Her Incredible Paintings (VIDEO)

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Iris Grace autism painting Iris Grace Halmshaw is an adorable 3 1/2 year old who has autism. She is non-verbal, but one of the ways she expresses herself is through art -- further proving that having a disability doesn't stop people from accomplishing incredible things. Iris Grace is an amazing artist. Her paintings have a sophistication that is far beyond her 3 1/2 years.

Iris Grace's talent was discovered during her therapy. She was working with horses and music, but it was her art therapy that really sparked something in her. It has even sparked art buyers who have been purchasing her paintings for over one thousand dollars. Watch her in action ....

The darling toddler is from Market Harborough in England and truly fell in love with painting from the moment she was given a paintbrush as part of her autism therapy. Now strangers want to purchase her art and all the proceeds go to buying her more art supplies and the cost of her on-going therapy. Peter-Jon, Iris Grace's father, said: "When she started doing art therapy lots of other people said her paintings were great. It went berserk from there." 

The family set up a website -- Iris Grace Painting -- to show off and sell her work, and raise awareness for autism. Her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson said, "We realized she is actually really talented. Inquiries to buy her paintings flooded in."

Her work is beautiful -- it's a little bit of Jackson Pollack with the softness of Monet.

iris grace painting

We should never underestimate the talents our kids have -- and we should always let them try new things that could uncover that talent. Give your child a guitar, a ball, or a paintbrush and see what happens. A disability should never define us or our kids.

Keep painting Iris Grace! You are such an inspiration.

How you seen amazing benefits of art (or other) therapy when it comes to children with autism?

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Irela... Ireland69

the money is going to a good cause.  I don't think she's talented though but it helps so that's great!

nonmember avatar mel

Wow ireland. If you have something rude to say, how about saying it about your own family. You actually know them and have probably alot of judgements to get out it seems.

I am very proud of this little girl. She is talented ! I have a 3 1/2 yr old daughter. That girl paints beyond a 3yr old for sure !

I think its amazing. It helps people understand how smart and talented autistic children can be. I think that her parents must be filled with pride and love for their beautiful daughter.

Rando... Randomlady

Well it keeps her occupied anyways. I saw a lot of stimming action, watching the water drip off the brush when she was doing the hand flapping... though it is the first time I've seen an autistic child stay still for over a minute.

CheriJ13 CheriJ13

aww I love it! my son is about to be 4 is non verbal autistic and has sensory processing disorder. My son loves to paint, and to me is actually pretty good. and yes it is one of the only times you can really see concentration on his face during a task. hmm maybe I can sell some to, considering private OT isn't cheap and we are about to add speech too. ha ha he'll be a mini celebrity in his special needs preschool :)

mystisea mystisea

You can call it stimming or say that she doesn't know what she's doing, but there is NO doubt that the finished paintings are beautiful works of abstract art. I'd proudly hang one in my house any day! God bless this sweet little gal! :-)

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Kristina Hampton-Whinery

The way she paints may look all over to some but look at the end results. It has a pattern, she likes it a certain way. I would love to have one of these hanging in my house.


rende... render_k24

Actually Ireland69 she is talented. The style she uses looks like pointillism which many famous painters use/d. Except instead of straight pointillism it looks like she adds in a whimsical look to it. I assume you probably think she is not talented because you probably think she doesn't even know what she's doing....I highly doubt that. Many non verbal autistic kids eventually learn to use a computer or write out words to tell others what is going on in their brains. You just wait this girl will blow other painters out of the water very soon!

Kacie Moore Schleis

What an awesome little girl. My two and a half year old was painting just last week and ate the paint, so I'd have to agree. This little girl's talent goes well beyond the relm of a toddler. It's amazing what children can dom with or without a disability.

Ghett... GhettoKoolAide

I've seen plenty of 4 years old paint that way. I get that she's autistic and this is a huge accomplishment for her some of her painting have turned out great. I'm happy they're raising money and awareness!

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