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Creating Art Gives Autistic Boy His Voice #WATWB

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Welcome to my first official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Lynn Hallbrooks, Simon Falk, Sylvia McGrath, Damyanti Biswas and myself.

My story this month focuses on a young man who despite autism is making a positive name for himself through his art. Those who know me can tell you how passionate I am about the life-changing power of creative expression. Throughout the years, working in various aspects of social services as well as being a writer and artist, I have seen first-hand the healing, empowering and transformative power of expressing oneself in a creative way. Creative arts can give you an outlet, a way to communicate, confidence and the freedom to just “be”. It can help us be the best version of ourselves. There are so many stories of the benefits of creative expression however, this one story, in particular, caught my attention…Meet thirteen-year-old Niam Jain, who is autistic and only able to speak a few words. Watch his story about how his art not only impressed art experts everywhere but also gave him his voice!

Credit: The National ~ CBC News, Toronto, Canada

Check out Niam’s website niamjain.com

If you would like to learn more about art therapy and its benefits please check out: CATA/ACAT Canadian Art Therapy Association or Art Therapy Alliance (Global Resources)

For more information about #WATWB or to join us and help spread positive stories like this click here.

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35 thoughts on “Creating Art Gives Autistic Boy His Voice #WATWB”

    1. He really is inspiring and I think having a parent like that is part of the reason for his success. I love how she takes him to work wearing his PJs because he needs to work and express himself at that moment! No bounds to a mother’s love.Thanks so much for stopping by Mary! 🙂

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  1. Niam is a gifted young guy. It is said that when God takes away some of your senses he ensures that at least one of the senses you possess is really strong. This story seems to be a perfect example for this belief. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi Belinda – how interesting and inspiring to find out about Niam … that’s great to see – and wonderful others recognise his talent. It opens our own minds to other things too – leads us to explore and think about other aspects of life … thank you so much for bringing Niam to us … cheers Hilary – I’m joining in the WATWB as well … so good to meet you here …

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    1. Of course! 🙂 World Autism Awareness day is coming up this Sunday and I thought it would be the perfect time to share this. I’m going to run over to your blog and check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by Susan! 🙂

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  3. Hi Belinda!
    Thank you for introducing us to Niam. He is indeed a very special boy.
    What a blessing he brings to the world via his art, and he in turn is so blessed with this incredible gift that is beyond understanding… 🙂
    His mum is also an amazing woman!

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    1. I agree Niam is such a talent and his Mum is just incredible. I have a funny feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more about Niam and his success! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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