“I know it isn’t what you taught me to do, but it’s what I find works in this society: hide your anxiety about change.”- Frances (12 yrs., 10 mos.) #asd #aspergers #autism
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”
Someone suggested politely that people tell her the truth, and, well, Frances did.
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”
Me: How was your day? Frances: Meh. Me: Oh…that’s too bad. Now, you can ask me how my day was. Frances: I’d rather not 😂 It’s a good thing that I was leaving the room at the time because this exchange made me giggle. Frances is all kinds of amazing! As she grows, I believeContinue reading “Honesty”
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…”
“Mummy, I don’t like uncertainty in my life…I run on a schedule.”
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…”