In 2014, an autistic five-year-old girl from the U.K. named Iris Grace received widespread praise for her amazing paintings. Iris’ mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, first noticed her daughter’s incredible talent in 2013. Iris displayed astonishing focus when painting and poured hours of effort into coloring. Since then, her paintings have garnered praise from experts and fans all around the world, with some even selling at auction for thousands of pounds each.
Doctors often view autistic children’s interests as unhealthy obsessions and try to suppress them. However, Iris’ family sees her interest in painting as a gift of happiness that can be used to encourage bonding. Now at six years old, Iris continues to make steady progress in communication, especially with the help of her cat, Thula.
Her development, paintings, and her family’s efforts to raise awareness for autism can all be seen in Arabella’s book, Iris Grace. It has received a great response for being a “positive, inspiring but realistic story of an incredible journey.” Arabella hopes Iris’ story shows people autistic children can be approached with gentle methods, saying, “My hope is that people are inspired and can see that there is a future, a bright one.”
Ray Hong For The Junior Times (email@example.com)
1. What is Iris Grace famous for?
2. How do doctors make mistakes in diagnosing autistic children?
3. What can we see in Arabella's book?
1. Can you think of someone just like Iris Grace?
2. What is your special talent?
3. Do you like to draw or paint?