I thought I'd write about Janey's afternoon yesterday. It illustrates the best and the worst of how autism affects Janey, and therefore affects our family.
|Pictures I took this morning of Janey|
A nice moment before they left---after Janey washed her hands and Freddy told her he'd take her to the store, she hugged him---her full-on, somewhat overwhelming hug. Freddy was quite touched. She is gradually showing more and more of an interest in her siblings, and it was really a nice moment.
|Taken within three minutes, they show her changing moods.|
Freddy told her, very calmly, that she needed to clean up the coffee. And so started the 20 minute siege. She was not inclined to clean up the coffee. She wanted instead to bite Freddy. He stayed calm and insistent, telling her to go get the paper towels, which she finally did, after about three biting attempts. Then, again interrupted with many, many lunges at him, she very, very slowly did clean up all the coffee and threw away the wet paper towels. By the time that was over, we were all exhausted. Janey got her iPad and sat quietly and cruised YouTube.
|It's not all smiles, so we take them when we can!|