5-year old Iris and her therapy cat, Thula
“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” – Charles Dickens
This is an incredibly warm and amazing story about an autistic 5-year-old girl named Iris Grace, born with an unbelievable talent for painting. While autism is a neurological disorder characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with people, it can also bless people with unanticipated gifts and skills. For this little girl, her exceptional focus and attention to detail help her craft beautiful paintings that fans and buyers alike have likened to Monet.
As it turns out, she has a little helper by her side: a young Maine Coon cat named Thula. These cats are the largest breed of domestic cat, weighing anywhere from 10-25 lbs. They are known as “gentle giants” and possess above-average intelligence, making them relatively easy to train. Extremely loyal to their family, they are also independent and not clingy. Very playful and “talkative,” they are also very relaxed around other dogs, cats and especially children.
Iris Grace was introduced to painting in conjunction with her speech therapy and shortly thereafter, her parents discovered her amazing talent.
“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking. Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. 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.” – Arabella Carter-Johnson, Mother, irisgracepainting.com
These photos perfectly capture the bond that can be forged between child and pet, while proving that love knows no bounds. “Love is all you need.” – The Beatles
For more information about Iris and Thula, or to purchase a painting of hers, visit irisgracepainting.com.
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