If you do not know Iris already, you are missing out on a lot!
6-year old Iris rarely speaks and has trouble socializing, but is excellent a expressing herself with art; she is on the autism spectrum.
She was diagnosed in 2012, and with the help of doctors and consolers, her love for painting was soon uncovered. Painting relaxes Iris, and she can spend hours at a time painting on watercolor paper. Guess who her assistant is: a Maine Coon cat. She is Iris’s painting companion and her best friend.
Thula, the cat, has a remarkable effect upon Iris. He presence encourages her to speak more often – most of times instructions to Thula, who obeys obediently. But what is most delightful is that Iris does not fuss over Thula: their relationship seems to reflect understanding and companionship, helping each other out in need. And one of the things they both love and help each other out in is painting.
Here are some of the paintings by Iris and Thula:
Therapy for autistic children can vary, but Iris’s parents strongly suggest having an intelligent and sensitive pet for your child. A hobby should definitely be encouraged, but it is sometimes hard to find one early on in life. Nevertheless, take your chances when you can, and your kid may develop a love for something that can have a therapeutic effect.