I'm sure that some of my readers out there are curious as to what high-functioning Autistic even means. Some days, I wonder myself. Ha! So far what I've come to is that at times Abby seems totally typical. She will speak clearly, concisely and intelligently and we'll wonder, "Is she even Autistic? Am I raising her to think she has something that she doesn't?" And some of Abby's grandparents have expressed some similar concerns. I think it's valid to wonder. And even though I live with her daily and have been to the Parent/Teacher conferences enough to know that we're pretty much in agreement that she is somewhere on that broad spectrum of Autism, the line between typical and high-functioning Autism can be a bit blurry.
I had forgotten about this video. I recorded it a couple of months ago. I recently watched it again and found it interesting how it was such a good example of the tics that ARE Abby's Autism. This is a great example of what it's like when Abby's is "ASD-ing out" as I've begun to think of it. Much of the time she behaves very much like a typical 4 year old, but at times like this, she is definitely a kid who lands on the Autism Spectrum. She loves this map and often can point to many different States after being asked only once and can even tell you who in our family lives where, all without the various noises and hand tics.
She kind of pulls it together in the end, though I still have no idea what she is talking about at 1:55, something being raunchy? I don't know. But what makes this video such a great example is that it shows how she flows from typical to autistic behavior. And some days are better than others. Some days, the tics don't seem to affect her hardly at all. Other days, she seems consumed by them, finds it hard to communicate effectively and those are the days we experience more screams and whines.
Hope you are all remembering to take time to enjoy your days as we approach the busy holiday season. I am so swamped with homework and feeling so overwhelmed, but I'm trying to take time to enjoy my kids each day and to do something I enjoy. Yesterday I finished off the chalkboard I created on one of the cabinets in our kitchen. I get so much satisfaction from finishing these projects. Today, I am going to finish painting the living room walls and the bulkhead in the kitchen... and do a ton of homework. I hope. *fingers crossed*