Shaking my head

Just in case you’re wondering what the Pink Cup Family does on a Saturday afternoon (after returning from the barn), I provide you the following glimpse. Apparently, we just laze about in the living room discussing things that have little or no relevance to what any of us is actually doing, and Frances’s wit simplyContinue reading “Shaking my head”

On Valentine’s Day

I almost let a holiday go by without mentioning my inimitable 11-year-old’s reaction to it this year. Frances: There’s too much “love” involved — and happiness. And pink. Blech. This is a first. She used to enjoy Valentine’s Day (although it was probably access to the candy, now that I think about it). I can’tContinue reading “On Valentine’s Day”

A matter of where you are when you’re outside…

Figurative language can be a struggle at times for Frances; sometimes, it’s a product of her young age, but at other times, it’s the struggle that many people with ASD have. Frances has a great sense of humour, so when the following happened recently while watching an ad about the benefits of spending more timeContinue reading “A matter of where you are when you’re outside…”

Milestones: the infancy through toddler years

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”

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”

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”

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”