Happy

 
Frances both moves constantly (running and skipping) and makes sounds constantly (talking, singing, humming, tongue clicking) all day.

We try to find activities that help her expend this energy (which builds up mostly in her legs and arms) whenever possible.

So, when we encountered the bouncy tent during our family outing today, I was so happy for her. She seemed so free and comfortable in midair — with every high jump she shrieked with joy and with every landing she smiled and laughed.

This was a good day πŸ™‚  

Falling asleep…

For many years, watching a documentary of her choosing has been a strict part of Frances’s bedtime routine. While watching documentaries may not be considered typical for either a child who has ASD or a child who does not, it is my understanding that the rigidity of routines can be. 

With this, I post an example of what a rigid routine could look like. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, in our case, Frances wakes, crying, in the middle of the night if she falls asleep before the documentary is over.

I’ve really enjoyed capturing these and other moments — many of our moments — through every age. In the following panel, she has just fallen asleep before the film’s end, and she is six years old.