Iris Grace Halmshaw is an adorable 5-year-old girl who lives with her parents in Leicestershire, England. She enjoys being outdoors, loves flowers, trees, and dancing on her tip toes. From her photographs, you wouldn’t think anything was different about her, but there is, Iris is Autistic. She just recently started to speak, but it’s very difficult for her. She has trouble interacting with others and expressing herself with words. With the help of therapists, her parents have been able to help her and now Iris Grace communicates with her signs, has fits of laughter, and often squeals with delight.
Iris Grace’s parents encouraged her to paint to help her with speech therapy, turn taking, and attention. Her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, wrote on the site, “ *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. She beams with excitement and joy when I get out the paints, it lifts her mood everytime.*”