Periodic update

One fascinating aspect of 10-year-old Frances’s personality is that she remembers facts so well and that she shares them kind of…randomly. For example, the following recent conversation was brief but interesting: Frances: The atomic number of copper is 29. Me: Okay, thanks. There was no preceding conversation. We just happened to be passing each otherContinue reading “Periodic update”

Decoding gestures

For anyone who struggles with the meaning of gestures (such as pointing, request for handshake, etc.) the world must be difficult to decode. For one thing, their meaning varies from culture to culture; for another thing, the different contexts in which a gesture appears at different times, or should not appear, within the same cultureContinue reading “Decoding gestures”

This past week 

For so many years, as is often the case in families affected by ASD, our autism sibling has been more independent as her sister’s needs have been addressed. It has been as if she is on the Frances Show where it’s all Frances all the time.  This has recently changed, and both she and FrancesContinue reading “This past week “