If I’m not mistaken, around the time of middle school is when children seem to slow down. They stop “playing” at recess, and instead they stand around talking with one another or in groups. They may go for walks. It’s quite a change when it happens. This hasn’t happened yet for Frances. She still plays,Continue reading “Boundless energy”
The weather here has been ridiculously cold. We’ve all bundled up under extra blankets for windchills in the -20s and -30s. We’re approaching the end of January, and, unfortunately, Frances has been pretty sick for much of the month which has prevented her from enjoying the snow whenever it appeared. In fact, my highly active,Continue reading “This must be Thursday…”
So, we reached a milestone yesterday, but I really think that I should put it in some perspective, give it some context. Frances has had many milestones to reach over the years. You wouldn’t know it unless you had been around us at the time, but there was a point at which we didn’t knowContinue reading “Milestones: the infancy through toddler years”
When Frances was younger, starting as a toddler, she would climb anything and everything. It was quite impressive even though it was frightening. When I mentioned this to her wonderful doctor (a developmental paediatrician), a few years later, he asked: “Has she ever fallen?” The answer was that she had not, and still has not,Continue reading “Climbing the walls”
I took Frances to a trampoline park on Saturday. We jumped for two hours. I don’t remember the last time I had so much fun, and Frances loved every minute of it.
One of the great things about going to a children’s hospital that treats autism is that Frances is allowed to climb in the reception area. It makes waiting much easier for both of us. Just before her occupational therapy appointment on Thursday, instead of asking Frances not to do it, her OT said: “That’s okay.Continue reading “Good balance”
Two years ago today, Frances revealed another super power: the ability to walk on walls at strange angles for a long time. I’m always amazed by the climbing ability of many children with ASD. Her inexhaustible energy is equal only to her balance while climbing.