Frances lines up her many dogs… We went to her favourite toy store after school yesterday so that she could spend her allowance. She ended up buying — you guessed it — dolls. (Dog figurines from Melissa & Doug.) From very young toddlerhood to now, she has always lined up her toys.
The most recent doll development has been that Frances now watches people repair/restore old American Girl dolls on YouTube. I don’t know how she found them, but there are many such videos featuring minute details of the process…
Last night, it was Pink Cup Sister’s school band concert, and she demonstrated bravery beyond playing the flute on stage. Between pieces of music, from the stage, Pink Cup Sister mouthed the words: “Cover Frances’s ears: it’s going to be loud.” I know it may not seem significant but, for me, it was wonderful. IContinue reading “Proud moment”
At Frances’s birthday party a few weeks ago, one of the well-meaning coordinators remarked that she couldn’t tell that Frances has ASD. Well, being very high functioning does help her in public, but here’s one of the (many) things that people can’t see… Frances won’t go into a room, or stay in one, by herself,Continue reading “You can’t tell…”
Even though she has many doll houses and innumerable accessories, Frances has recently begun to craft (as above) her own using cardboard boxes, magazine pictures, and stickers. She has been having such a hard time socially at school this year that I decided to help her today: I went through some old magazines, cut outContinue reading “Doll crafting”
I remember it clearly: Pink Cup Sister was five years old and she had a Barbie doll in her hands; Frances, at 13 months, was leaning against the sofa and crying. She wanted the doll! So, Frances’s intense, all-consuming interest in dolls began very early on. At any time during the day in our house,Continue reading “Doll drama”
I think the following is a good example of how a high-functioning child with ASD can really struggle. Frances wanted to go to a classmate’s birthday party to which she had been invited because, in her own words, she doesn’t usually get invited to parties. I worried about it beforehand for weeks because of herContinue reading “Laser tag”
It’s fun to listen to Frances while she has her dolls. (Unfortunately, she now whispers when she used to speak audibly, so I don’t always get to hear now.) At any rate, the doll on her back has a sore foot, and the other doll is a friend who is a physiotherapist…The puppy is aContinue reading “Dolls in therapy…”
Frances: I love you more than a billion years of candy — peanut-butter-filled candy.
Frances (to me): If I could choose between a million chocolates and you, I’d choose you…