Art has soothed and calmed her — a source of delight and a therapyAstonishing talent of girl, 3, whose paintings have stunned art world | Mail Online

22 Jul

What makes her achievement even more extraordinary, however, is the fact she is autistic. She cannot speak, other children unnerve and distress her, the unpredictability of the world fills her with fear and panic. But art has soothed and calmed her — a source of delight and a therapy.

‘When Iris was diagnosed with autism, the key was to find something she loved to do,’ says her mum, Arabella Carter-Johnson. ‘I’d taken her to a playgroup, but it had been disastrous.

‘There was one particularly noisy toy train that made her very distressed. She’d have a meltdown, an uncontrolled tantrum, any time a child played with it.

via Iris Halmshaw: Astonishing talent of girl, 3, whose paintings have stunned art world | Mail Online.

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