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First Published Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Elvis Presley

ALL parents believe their child is remarkable but there are few words to describe little Rosie Homersham.

At eight years old Rosie, from Coleshill, has launched her first art exhibition in aid of the National Autistic Society.

Rosie was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a toddler and uses her artwork to communicate her thoughts and feelings.

“Most people see her as eccentric but she loves to draw and is finding something new to obsess about all the time,” said mum Patricia, 34.

“Asperger’s isn’t a condition that many people know about so we hope through Rosie’s exhibition that people see a bit of her character and learn a little more about the condition.”

Asperger’s syndrome is named after Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, described children in his practice who lacked non verbal communication skills, demonstrated limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy.

But despite Rosie’s social difficulties there are subjects she thrives in at Southerop School near Coleshill.

“She does so well as school and although her social interaction isn’t the same as other children she has lots of little friends and gets on well with her teachers,” said Patricia.

Rosie and her work
Rosie and her work

The youngster’s favourite artistic muse is Elvis and the family’s home is littered with hundreds of portraits of The King.

“He’s my favourite because he’s really good looking,” said Rosie.

“But I think I’ll stop drawing when I am 19 because I’ll have loads of other things to do.”

As well as Elvis, Rosie’s picture passion has jumped to high-heeled shoes, goldfish and vegetables.

“When she finds a subject she likes she’s totally fixated on it,” said dad Henry, 34.

“She took 146 photos of vegetables in a catalogue and put them with her drawings. That’s her current obsession but before that it was heels and to start off with baths.

“She used to draw bathroom plans with all the pipework and everything. It was astonishing.”

But for all of Rosie’s adorable traits there are some who have found her condition hard to swallow.

“Some people are cruel and hurtful in the past,” said Patricia. “Because Rosie’s condition doesn’t manifest itself physically they find her behaviour difficult to understand sometimes.

“Here in the village though, she’s just an eccentric and people haven’t batted an eyelid and that’s all we’ve wanted for her.”

To donate to the National Autistic Society, visit Rosie’s exhibition at Coleshill Village Shop and Tearooms or log on to www.nas.org.uk. The exhibition is running from 10am until further notice.

Source:   http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/4164020.Rosie_helps_autistic_charity/

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