Monday, July 31, 2017


The weirdest thing happened last night. It was bedtime for Calder and I asked him, "Calder, is Daddy awake or asleep?" (The Dad is usually the one to put him to sleep.) Perhaps I had expected him to peep into the bedroom and report to me the answer. But he walked right into the room and uttered, "Is Daddy awake or asleep?" (Maybe I shouldn't put a question mark here because Calder's questions always sound like a statement.) When I caught up with him, I saw that he had been talking to a sleeping Dad!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tic Tac Toe

Was at NUS today to brief a group of students who had volunteered for the One Child One Skill project ( Brought Calder along so the volunteers could try interacting with an autistic child. In groups, they had to teach Calder Tic Tac Toe:

Volunteer: Write one 'O' here.
(Calder wrote "10".)
Volunteer: Write another one here.
(Calder wrote "1".)
Volunteer: If you put one more here, you will have three!
(Calder wrote "3".)

The art of communicating with an autistic child.