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.
One thing about Frances is that, while I am able to have conversations with her that would be more characteristic of much older children, I am also able to play little-girlish games, such as hopscotch, with her.
Frances and I both enjoy discovering local architectural details.
Almost exactly two years ago, we went to the CN Tower. On an observation deck, Frances faced in the opposite direction of the other tourists: she had pulled out a book and started reading. May she always do things her way!
The above panel illustrates a typical response from Frances at bedtime. Instead of saying goodnight in return, her unique use of language — posing an unrelated question — is the norm. (She is six years old here.) The following response is one of the most memorable: At the age of eight, she now will occasionallyContinue reading “Goodnights “
My family and I like to reminisce about the camping trip during which we had sought shelter in a bookstore, first from an unbearably hot summer afternoon and then from a tornadic storm later that day. I was not surprised by the fact that we ended up in a bookstore as we all love booksContinue reading “Shelter in books”
I do not know if there is a connection between autism and water, if a possible connection is merely speculation or if based on data drawn from a study*, but, to me, there does seem to be. I do know that Frances’s fascination with water can be frightening at times. If there is waterContinue reading “Questions, questions…”
For many years, watching documentaries has been part of Frances’s very strict bedtime routine: if she does not watch a documentary or if she falls asleep during one, she will wake in the middle of the night crying and repeating, “I didn’t watch a documentary.” So, I try to start bedtime early enough so thatContinue reading “On choosing pets “
We were leaving a bookstore when my six-year-old daughter’s frantic little voice reached me. Frances excitedly waved a book from her favourite Mo Willems series in my face: It was as if she had always hoped that the author’s characters would develop greater self-awareness. I couldn’t stop myself from giggling.