The other night, Kaitlyn called Amber and I over and asked if we wanted to play a game with her. And a quick look at what she had set up for us told us exactly what she had in mind.
She had taken the time to make sure all of her princess dolls were dressed in their appropriate attire, and had also rounded up each of her Disney Princess movies that she owns. Then, she placed the dolls and movies in separate areas, but in the order they were released. (Is there any other way for a child with Asperger’s to organize her dolls and movies other than the order they were released?)
Now, it was time for her game to begin, and it was a guessing game.
“Pick a princess,” she told me, so I picked Cinderella.
“Do you see a movie that matches?,” she asked. I did, and she paired the two.
“Pick another princess,” she said, so I picked Sleeping Beauty (Aurora).
“Do you see her matching movie?,” she asked. I did, and she paired them up. Seeing where this was going, it was Amber’s turn, and the process continued.
We were now down to two dolls and one movie.
“Pick a princess,” she said again. I picked Ariel. “Do you see a movie that matches?,” she asked. I did not. “Interesting,” she said.
“Pick a princess,” Kaitlyn repeated one last time. Amber picked the only remaining princess, Tiana. You guessed it, there was no movie to match.
That left us with one movie, but no dolls. We were left with Mulan but were lacking the matching doll, but the game was not over quite yet.
“Do you know which princess and movie are missing?,” she asked me. “I will give you a hint, it starts with a ‘P’ and ends with a ‘S,'” she told me. “Pocahontas,” I guessed, and I was correct. The game was now over, but Kaitlyn was not done.
The point of her game, we quickly found out, was for her to point out to Amber and I which Disney princesses and/or movies she still needed to complete her collection. She needs The Little Mermaid, Princess and the Frog, and Pocahontas for movies, and Pocahontas and Mulan for dolls.
Come to think of it, maybe we were not necessarily playing a game as much as we were getting an assignment on what we are supposed to be making sure she has in the very near future. It looks like Amber and I have our marching orders.