She was seven years old at the time.
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”
At her riding lesson, Frances interrupted grooming her pony to remind me of something: It was the birthday of her friend’s guinea pigs and she wanted to record her birthday wishes — with the pony — in a video. Though it was a very serious occasion, I found it difficult not to laugh at theContinue reading “Happy Birthday!”
My 10yo daughter with HF ASD is an enthusiastic equestrian
My 8yo daughter with HF ASD muses about irony in life
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”
The other day, Frances entered her father’s office and announced: “My fish is reluctant to swim.” I don’t know how much time Marshmallow has left with us, but I’m a little worried…Fish should be willing to swim.
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 “