10. She can rapid fire list the names of high end and low end fashison designers and tell you which brand she thinks you should wear - all while obliviously crossing a major city intersection
9. She asks you repeatedly what she can “have for snack,” in spite of your numerous redirections that it’s her choice to choose for her self.
8. She loves to oblivious dance through the store iles of the local malls AND grocery stories.
7. She loves to read any tween-lit or American Girl guide she can get her eyes on, but yet is rarely invited to hang out with other girls afterschool
6. One day she freely requests to do multple loads of laundry for the family and the next day you have to almost literally hold her hand to move her through basic tasks of the day.
5. She has a beautiful giggle and singing voice and will use it and share it most any where and everywhere - because her verbal filter just doesn’t stay consistently operational.
4. She can carry on a coversation with her teacher about clostridium difficle and the new method of “poop pill transplant” treatments, but cannot get out of her 5th grade class room with all of her necessary school and personal belongings with out, supervised assistance.
3. She will use every inch of energy and ability to make it through the day, and then find the evening filled with exhaustion, anxiety, and emotional overwhelm because the “neuro-typical” demands of the day stretch her way beyond what her brain and body are developed enough to do.
2. She will be able to safely navigate the steering wheel of her parents Civic in a parking lot pre-teen driving lesson, but yet always struggles to gracefully, and sometimes safely get in and out of vehicles with her body.
1. She edits your website for you and does a better job of spelling than you do.
Melinda is a recovering "normal" seeker, who is often distracted by unexpected moments of nature's beauty or questioning children