Um, no…But yes, absolutely

Frances: Sarcasm — isn’t that just lying? (Nov. 17/17) People with ASD can experience difficulty with figurative language. What I have discovered is that “not understanding” can, in a sense, mean “just getting to the bottom line” of the matter with Frances. Ordinarily, she has difficulty interpreting euphemisms, idioms, gestures, etc. Here, her struggle appearsContinue reading “Um, no…But yes, absolutely”

Worth a try

Frances: I think people are getting bored of me talking about horses at school. Me: You’ve got to let others talk about themselves. Frances: I let Sally talk about her guinea pigs, but it was so boring. Me: You have to let yourself be a little bored, and then others won’t mind being a littleContinue reading “Worth a try”

Over the edge

Frances has a very dry sense of humour that appears at really funny times. For example, every weekend, she and I have a sleepover: we usually camp out in a fort in the living room, watch a movie and eat popcorn. Recently, my bed was the site of the sleepover, and I found myself oftenContinue reading “Over the edge”

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”