Autism is a neurological disorder that impairs a person’s ability to participate in social interactions. Its causes are not fully known and it manifests very early – up to three years of age.
This is what Iris was like when the doctors, after carrying out numerous tests, gave a verdict: no hope for progress. The girl will never learn to speak and in general to communicate with other people in any way.
The situation was indeed very difficult. Iris didn’t let anyone in except her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, not her grandparents, not even her father, who eventually had to leave home and participate in the girl’s life from a distance.
“The girl couldn’t look anyone in the eye, didn’t play with toys, slept anywhere except in her bed, had a bunch of obsessive habits, was afraid of water with nervous colic and adamantly refused to sleep. washing, and sometimes getting dressed,” Arabella lists.
“As psychologists have explained, the unpredictability and chaos of the world around her fills her with fear and panic. »
All attempts to change something have collapsed. But one day, while studying with her daughter, Arabella drew a little man. Iris loved it. She tried drawing herself – and was completely thrilled with the process. Mom was pleased that the daughter was happy with at least something.
Literally the next day she organized a home studio – she bought some paints, set a table, unfolded a sheet of paper … Iris sat down at the table with pleasure, dipped the brush in blue and covered everything sheet space with some intricate strokes, scratches and droplets.
Arabella called her daughter’s first photo ‘Patience’ – ‘Patience’
Iris posted the photo on the Internet and a few days later a visitor to her page asked to sell the photo – she was struck by the girl’s extraordinary sense of color. Arabella was struck by something else: it turns out that the photo looks good not only for the preconceived maternal look.
Arabella continued to post photos on social networks, and after some time she received a call from a former classmate who was engaged in the art business. She said she was organizing an exhibition of emerging artists in London, could Arabella provide paintings of Iris for the exhibition.
During the exhibition, Iris’ work caused a sensation. After the exhibition, a charity auction took place, during which a photocopy of “Patience” went for 830 pounds.
Now Arabella practically does not sell her daughter’s original works – she keeps them for exhibitions, but from time to time they still replenish private collections. One of the paintings was purchased, for example, by Angelina Jolie.
The second miracle happened when the cat Fula entered Arabella and Iris’ house.
Arabella was advised to buy a cat by readers of her blog – fans of the girl’s talent. Animals can do wonders when it comes to autism. Iris hippotherapy didn’t fit, so you have to try feline therapy. The choice fell on the Maine Coon breed – the largest domestic cat in the world.
“They met like old friends,” Arabella recalls. The cat sleeps with the girl, eats with the girl, walks with the family on a boat and on a bicycle. The cat is like an extension of the girl, her connection to the outside world.