An instrument of communication 

   From about the age of four, and the start of junior kindergarten, the abacus became the go-to toy for Frances when leaving home. She could count to 100 by 5s and 10s, as well as add and subtract, and it was a means by which you might reach her in conversation because she mightContinue reading “An instrument of communication “


I don’t know what other ASD parents, or professionals, call the process or behaviour, but Frances almost constantly “verifies rules” or extracts them from both real and imagined scenarios — and this is undertaken very seriously. She has been doing this since she started speaking, and her language is, as is her pattern, in theContinue reading “Rules”


“Read to me some of what you’re reading,” my not-quite-three-year-old would say at bedtime. When she first asked, I thought that I would seize the opportunity to read something that she would find boring enough to fall asleep to while listening: Virgil’s Aeneid. Unfortunately, as I read on and on, she grew interested in it.Continue reading “Prufrock”

Recommended books

I just added a page that lists books that I’ve read in which ASD (autism spectrum disorder) or autism is featured, and beside each title I have indicated the perspective from which the narrative is written (e.g., parent, sibling, etc.) 

Well, does she?

   Frances asks me to read Amelia Bedelia (by Peggy Parish) to her this afternoon. Amelia Bedelia is a domestic helper who interprets language rather literally much to the initial chagrin of her employers.    For example, “undust the furniture” makes more sense than the instructions to dust the furniture do, but she dusts theContinue reading “Well, does she?”