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.

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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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Chana... Chanandler.Bong

Reading some of the comments here proves why Autism acceptance, not just awareness, is so crucial.  Discrediting a 3 year old by pointing out her stims (which is irrelevant, because everyone, not just autistic people, stims), or saying she's not really talented, or saying it's no big deal because plenty of kids can do that, or even pointing out that most autistic kids don't stand still for very long (not true, by the way) is just rude and unneccessary.  Every child, every single one, has talent and worth, and should be celebrated.  Autistic children will have an uphill battle ahead of them, because as we see, they don't generally get the same respect typical children do.  I think this child is remarkable, and hope that others will see that as well.

Crystal Anne

Obviously what she's doing works.  Her paintings are very beautiful.  Whether or not she 'knows what she's doing' doesn't matter at this point, she's 3.  Yeah she stimming all throughout while she paints but that doesn't automatically negate her paintings as talent or artistic.  I think this little is very talented.  She has a great eye for color, where to put the paint, how to put it.  Give her a few years and she'll be creating even more amazing art work.  I think it's wonderful that her parents found something she can be creative with and develop her talent.  Stop hating on this little girl.  And btw, most 31/2yo don't paint like this.  Stimming doesn't cancel it out!!

hexxuss hexxuss

Autism goes in varying degrees - my son is very Math-inclined (he starts "regular" honors math next year), and his classmate is the opposite, very poor in Math but starting honors English at the same school.  I firmly believe that every one of our special kids have a "niche" - something that they will excel at, we just have to find what it is - which isn't easy.  As for talent - there's a vast difference between types of art, so unless you are qualified to judge, I wouldn't suggest it. ;-)

hexxuss hexxuss

Just went through her gallery & I LOVE them!! It really does seem like Monet in a way.

Megan Harvey

Wow, that's really amazing! My son is almost 7 and he has mild autism, although he is very verbal (we started speech therapy when he was 2). But he also has a very strong love of drawing and does it constantly. His drawings are nowhere near the level of this little girl's talent, but he still does an exceptionally good job for his age. His sisters are 4, almost 6, and almost 8, and he can out-draw any of them. I've give him three more years before he's better than I am, and I'm pretty good and have taken some art classes in high school and college. Maybe it's an autism thing. :-)

Autiz... Autiziumom

Wow! My 8yr old son has yet to surprise me!

Mildred Savage

i can do that it do not mean shes an artist

Barbara Stansbery

Her paintings almost reminds of me of something from Monet or Renoir..Neo-classic period..noone does that anymore.. I think Iris is a very gifted/talented young lady!!

C Matthew Smith

Yes, our daughter is 7 years old and is autistic and is very prolific, sometimes creating 50 or more drawings in a day with intense details and a wide variety of subjects, see for your self: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarahs-Sketches/182735398412031

Robin Birdfish

As a special education art teacher, I normally work with Emotionally disturbed students, so I was stunned when I went into a fellow teacher's art class for students with autism...their art talent was amazing...and it seemed the further they were on the spectrum the more talent they had. I do have to say, that there were many times I went into the Museum of Modern Art and looked at pieces, thought to myself...a 3 year old could do that...and now it seems, she has..but better.

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