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A 5-Year-Old Girl With Autism Creates Remarkable Paintings That Belong In A Gallery

Iris Grace is learning to communicate through her remarkable talent. BuzzFeed News spoke to her mother about her daughter's artistic flair.

Meet Iris Grace, a 5-year-old girl from Leicestershire who has a remarkable talent for creating beautiful paintings.

Grace has autism, a disorder that affects how a person make sense of the world around them.

The condition impairs a person's social interaction and how they relate to and communicate with others.

Grace, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2011, started painting as a way to help with her speech therapy.

She is now starting to speak and expresses herself through movement and art.

As Grace began painting, her parents Arabella Carter-Johnson and Peter-Jon Halmshaw discovered her exceptional talent, noticing that she created a style of painting that they had "never seen in a child of her age."

Arabella told BuzzFeed News that Grace has an incredible concentration span of around two hours each time she paints.

"She has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other," Arabella said. "She beams with excitement and joy when I get out the paints; it lifts her mood every time."

Arabella said she wanted to share her daughter's artwork to raise awareness of her condition, which currently affects around 100,000 children in the UK, “and these numbers are rising"

She added: "When you are a parent or a teacher of a child with autism and you are trying to interact with them you are constantly looking for ways to find that key that will allow you into their world."

"For me seeing Iris' love of painting was just that, a precious key."

You can find out more about her paintings on their website and stay updated on her Facebook page.