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My daughter Siobhan turned 5 in late December, and she paints with her hands and fingers. Big deal, you’re thinking, right? Actually, it is a big deal. Here’s why:
Siobhan was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 ½ . She is relatively non-verbal, and soon after her diagnosis, she began to eat only dry, crunchy foods. My daughter cannot stand to touch or even come in contact with anything wet, slimy or squishy. things like yogurt & apple sauce are repulsive to her
We started painting with a brush as a form of “art therapy” to try to get her used to different textures, and possibly to start trying new foods. At first, Siobhan would ONLY use a brush, and any paint that got on her hands had to be wiped off immediately. We went on like this for some time, because she enjoyed the activity. One day, out of the blue, she threw her brush down on the floor & started beautifully blending the colors…

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  • Born on April 1
  • Joined September 17, 2007

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Tempera, Watercolors, Brushes, Hands, Fingers, Canvas, Fun, giggles, love

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My daughter Siobhan turned 5 in late December, and she paints with her hands and fingers. Big deal, you’re thinking, right? Actually, it is a big deal. Here’s why:
Siobhan was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 ½ . She is relatively non-verbal, and soon after her diagnosis, she began to eat only dry, crunchy foods. My daughter cannot stand to touch or even come in contact with anything wet, slimy or squishy. things like yogurt & apple sauce are repulsive to her
We started painting with a brush as a form of “art therapy” to try to get her used to different textures, and possibly to start trying new foods. At first, Siobhan would ONLY use a brush, and any paint that got on her hands had to be wiped off immediately. We went on like this for some time, because she enjoyed the activity. One day, out of the blue, she threw her brush down on the floor & started beautifully blending the colors WITH HER HANDS! I couldn’t have been any more amazed.
Since that day, we've let her start painting on canvases. She quickly progressed as a little artist… she started to gesture to or even say the name of the color she wanted next for her painting. She chooses her colors very carefully, and puts a lot of thought into it. (If I make a mistake, and give her the wrong color, she will throw the canvas on the floor, or scrape the paint off with her hands & fling it.) After cleaning up many HUGE messes, I realized that if I hold the colors in front of her 2 at a time, she will tap on or grab the color she wants when I get to it. I’ve also started letting her choose what shape or size canvas she wants to use. When Siobhan is really pleased with her work, she flaps her hands with excitement, which leads to splatters on many of her paintings. She brings me her smock when she wants to paint. She goes through spurts of painting... it's all she wants to do for a few months... and then just as suddenly she's stop bringing me her smock for a while.

This is the beautiful & very special side of Autism that most people don't get to see. We want to share it with the world so parents don't see Autism as a death sentence.

The money from Siobhan's sales goes to purchasing more painting materials, as well as her treatment & therapy. we donate to several Autism related organizations.

Siobhan's paintings have been displayed in a gallery in Rhode Island, She has been in most major newspapers in Florida, has appeared on Dr. Phil... and will be featured in the next issue of "Autism Perspective" magazine. so look out art world!

*To learn more about Siobhan, please visit us online at SiobhansDream.com

Also, please visit my own shop: Sirenetta.etsy.com
to see my hand made fine silver jewelery.

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