One aspect of autism spectrum disorder that affects Frances is difficulty with figurative language or words that are not intended to be interpreted literally. As she ages, the difficulty becomes more pronounced but it doesn’t always involve idioms or euphemisms. We were recently at an event for children with autism, and Frances was describing herContinue reading “Dinosaurs, literally”
Frances is completely entranced by this show (Brain Games) on Netflix. She wants to watch it before school, after school, and at bedtime, and we have agreed that the show meets our definition of a documentary series.
We’re at the end of a snowstorm which could be winter’s last hurrah. Late yesterday afternoon, while explaining the amount of snowfall to Frances, I said, “Oh, it’s less than half a Barbie in depth.” So, dolls really are everywhere in our life now.
I have two daughters (9 and 13) and the closest I’ve ever come to a non-girly themed celebration was the Backyardigans party that I arranged for Pink Cup Sister’s 4th birthday. Now Frances, who is obsessed with dolls and horses, has just announced that she wants a dinosaur-themed party to celebrate her 10th birthday! I’mContinue reading “But dinosaurs weren’t pink…Right?”
Today, the sun has been out here and there, and I can feel that spring is in the air. When Frances left for school this morning, she still had much anxiety about changes at school, but she left voluntarily. That’s a good development!
Me: How did you know that? Frances: I read the information, it went to short term memory, and then it was stored as long-term memory. I love how literal — and very specific/precise — Frances’s answers can be. In this case, she actually explains the process of knowledge acquisition as she understands it… I forgetContinue reading “Yesterday…”
One of the best things we’ve done in the past year or so has been to sign up for an ebook subscription service for the kids. For a monthly charge (pretty minimal), parents can monitor what is being read and even set aside books that they want the kids to read. They also receive aContinue reading “It’s epic…”