Wisdom

“I’m just sitting here pondering everything that has gotten me to this point in my life. I get lost in my thoughts. It’s a good place to get lost because you will always find your way back.” (Frances, 12) My little girl has been home from school this week because she is sick again. ThoughContinue reading “Wisdom”

Trauma bay?

Since she was three years old, Frances has had an intense interest in all things medical 🏥. It shows up everywhere, especially at 11 years old. The other day during March break, Frances announced, as she typically does (literally) in passing, what was on her mind: “Mum, if someone were saying, ‘I can’t feel myContinue reading “Trauma bay?”

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…”

This must be Thursday…

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…”

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…”

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”