Purposeful activity…

I have to do a lot of convincing to get Frances on board with the idea of going to social groups. Usually, she will say things like, “I don’t mind groups; I just don’t like the people.” Though it sounds funny to us, she is quite serious. She always has at least one group ongoing.Continue reading “Purposeful activity…”

Changes

Things have been insanely busy around the Pink Cup House, but I wanted to catch you up. Frances, at nearly 11.5 years, is changing. For one thing, she has become very tall and lanky, and she’s starting to appear more teenager-ish. For another thing, she is now likely to share facts with people as aContinue reading “Changes”

Honesty as truth speaking…

Yesterday, we had a support worker from a respite program come to our house for an interview. We are members of an organization that offers this summer service (a support worker comes to take Frances out into the community for a few hours each week) as well as monthly opportunities to socialize at well-planned events.Continue reading “Honesty as truth speaking…”

Something to consider…

Frances has officially finished Grade 5. Her report card was excellent, and her teacher described her as “witty and sassy and delightful.” Frances’s teacher and I actually discussed my child’s humour which she described as dry beyond her years. It often does catch me (and her teacher) off guard. Take, for instance, the other evening.Continue reading “Something to consider…”

Growing up

I haven’t been posting much recently because I’ve been so busy attending to Pink Cup Sister’s needs, but also because it’s difficult to write about some things. For example, Frances is acutely aware that her school mates are “growing up” and she thinks that she may be just as young socially as she was whenContinue reading “Growing up”

Pragmatic language

Me: Can I give you a muffin? Frances: Gypsy moths are an invasive species. Me: Okay. Here’s a muffin. Because it remains a challenge for Frances, her social/pragmatic language often produces very unusual exchanges between us. This one caught me off guard one recent morning, and I had to stifle a giggle. I will alwaysContinue reading “Pragmatic language”

No pink dinosaurs this year

It’s birthday-planning time again. Time has flown by in the blink of an eye. I find it hard to believe, but Frances will be 11 years old this month. She is younger socially (about 8/9) and older intellectually (about 14/15). But buying gifts isn’t as difficult as it may sound; she still only has oneContinue reading “No pink dinosaurs this year”