Frances and school

I’ve heard other parents of children with ASD say the same thing: their child catches every cold going around. The same is true of Frances. I grimace when she mentions that a student at school is sick because, invariably, I know that Frances will be sick very shortly thereafter. So, last week, my dear 12yoContinue reading “Frances and school”

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”

An instrument of communication 

   From about the age of four, and the start of junior kindergarten, the abacus became the go-to toy for Frances when leaving home. She could count to 100 by 5s and 10s, as well as add and subtract, and it was a means by which you might reach her in conversation because she mightContinue reading “An instrument of communication “

Letter perfect

When she was 18 months, it seemed hard to get Frances’s attention. It always had been, but because of her interest in letters, I ended up noticing more acutely. She carried around a bag of Bananagrams (letter tiles) all the time. She would shove it into my hands, and I would say, “Oh, you wantContinue reading “Letter perfect”

By the numbers

  I chose to post this panel because it illustrates some important aspects of Frances’s life:  (1) math and numbers — she is very good and very fast at math; it is her favourite subject, and she has great facility with numbers in general; (2) rules — she is rules-based in her behaviour. Rules areContinue reading “By the numbers”