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The Pretty and the Ugly Sides of Autism

Posted Jul 01 2013 12:00am

By Anne Dachel

I've been reading all about the darling little autistic girl in Britain who paints masterpieces. Of course she's getting coverage. It's more proof that having autism is not so bad.  The media loves to share these feel good stories. And we're happy to read them - to hope that all our kids might find that sweet spot of success, whether 3 or 30.

MSN: These paintings by a 3-year-old girl have the art world enchanted

"Iris Grace Halmshaw's colorful, impressionistic watercolor paintings have an ethereal, glowing, floral beauty, prompting comparison to Monet. Halmshaw, who lives in Market Harborough, England, is 3 years old, autistic and does not speak. Her parents first handed her a paintbrush hoping to help her connect with others; their hopes were more than realized. "When she started doing art therapy we thought it was amazing, but we're her parents so we think everything she does is amazing," her dad, Peter-Jon Halmshaw, said. Others thought so, too - and now Iris Grace's paintings are selling for almost $1,300."

ABC News video: British Toddler's Paintings Go Global

"Iris Grace Halmshaw, 3, has become an international sensation for her paintings, which are selling around the world for thousands of dollars.

"An original painting by the British toddler is selling for up to 1,500 pounds ($2,280), her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson wrote in an e-mail to ABC News. A print of her painting sells for as much as 295 pounds, or $480."

Fox 2 St Louis video : 3-Year-Old's Paintings Selling For Hundreds  (nine minutes of this child painting)

"There's a three-year-old autistic girl in Britain who's becoming well-known for her paintings. Her name is Iris Grace Halmshaw and she paints as part of her therapy. Grace can't talk, but she can paint.

"But her parents soon noticed that Grace was a pretty good at painting for a three year old. Then they realized she was pretty good at painting for an adult!

"Her paintings now sell online for $58 to $450. According to her parents website, proceeds go to more supplies and Iris' therapy."

New York Daily News: The paintings by 3-year-old British girl with autism wows international art community (VIDEO) "Trapped inside her own head, three-year-old Iris Grace Halmshaw does not speak. But the autistic girl from Britain can paint like a master. "And she has become a global sensation in the art world with her Impressionistic renderings of water, light and beautiful colors."

Atlanta Journal Constitution: 
3-Year-Old With Autism Creates Beautiful Paintings 

This is the up side of autism.  This isn't alarming.  Who wouldn't want a truly gifted child?  A three year old whose paintings go for thousands of dollars is like Rain Man in Las Vegas.  Of course the NY Daily News and ABC News are happy to tell us about her.  Sure, she can't talk, but she's a painting genius.

Autism's not so bad.  This girl is happy. It's more of the media convincing us that autism is now normal and acceptable.  Don't ask questions.  Autism is a mystery and nothing to worry about.  Personally, I think every pregnant woman who finds out she's carrying a boy should be warned that her chances are one in 31 that she'll have a son with autism--LEARN THE SIGNS EARLY. 
The really hidden world of autism is of course, severe autism.  I did a quick search of You Tubes looking for "classic autism." 

Father Explains His Son's Autism

Broken Nights and Lost Days: Inside World of Severe Autism

Fighting For My Son With Severe Autism

Trying To Cope With A Severely Autistic Child

Show Me One Year With Severe Autism


Inside Mysterious World of Severe Autism

Here's the side of autism that the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the New York Daily News never cover.  I wonder why.

Posted by Age of Autism at July 08, 2013 at 5:47 AM in Anne Dachel Permalink

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