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What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Created: 12/27/17

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davinamw

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What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?


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ScribblingScribe

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Ginny is committed to her cause. She is dedicated and tenacious. I wasn't surprised she would do whatever it took to get back to her baby doll. All of Ginny's actions were from a place of trying to protect those more vulnerable, particularly Wendy and Krystal. She was willing to return to a horrible place in her life to protect Krystal. I was disappointed when she was mean to Brian and Larry, and when she chose to use her friends and steal from them for Gloria. She knew better and knew Gloria was wrong to ask her to do that.


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jamiek

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Her greatest personal strength is her unrelenting desire to protect her Baby Doll, whatever the cost. I was disappointed in her for agreeing to whatever Gloria wanted her to do, especially stealing from her friends. Like the previous commenter, I think she knew better.


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ABeman

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Ginny's greatest strength is her fierce protective instinct. I was disappointed when, after she triumphantly self-advocated for herself, denying Gloria further opportunity to alternately neglect and corrupt her, she chose to self-sabotage by burning her bridges (or in this case, her kitchen). Had the opportunity to deploy her protective instincts not presented itself, and diverted her attention, the ending might have been very different.


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nancyh

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

I think her greatest strength is the need to care for others, particularly the baby. I was not disappointed in her at any time. I feel her need for family and love from someone made her do whatever she did and I simply felt sad for her. I cannot imagine being that alone


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kellilee

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Unrelenting focus was Ginny's greatest personal strength but that focus often worked to her own detriment. Ginny mad several misguided decisions while being driven by her focus but those decisions were not a disappointment but a manifestation of her autism and/or her history of abuse.


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leslieh

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Because I haven't been directly involved with someone with autism I had a hard time deciphering if Ginny's behaviors were related to autism or growing up in a very dysfunctional home. She was consumed with keeping Krystal with a K safe and she would do anything - even if it got her in trouble - to keep her safe. She had the same instincts with Wendy. It seemed like she felt she couldn't communicate her feelings with anyone, so she just acted on her own. Plus, no matter how bad your mother is - there is a bond there that no one can break.


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susiej

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

I believe her greatest strength is her personal commitment to and perseverance in caring for her baby doll - who she always knew to be real and alive. There was no time that I was disappointed with her. Some of her actions may seem questionable, but for me not when considering that she is autistic. Relating or communicating the motivations behind those actions was seemingly impossible and this made me feel frustration for her and with her care takers.


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vickic

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Ginny was capable of tremendous courage. I don't think I felt disappointed with Ginny at any point given her limitations. I did feel occasional disappointment with some of the decisions she made but only because for me I could see as a 'typical' person the problems they might create for her.


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dorothyh

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

I was not disappointed in Ginny, she's doing the best she can given her past living situations. She wants to be useful and she was not able to do as much as she wanted in her fore ever home.


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deeh

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

I saw Ginny's commitment to the truth as her greatest strength. She did not lie directly, but kept her mouth shut when she didn't want to reveal something. I was not disappointed in her. She had a disability that was compounded by years of abuse and neglect, and she did her best working with the abilities she had.


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jenniferj

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Ginny's greatest strength was her ability to care for her "Baby Doll." She showed great empathy, love and creativity in how she protected and fed her younger sister. I was disappointed in her for her outbursts and the danger she brought to others, clawing eyes out, thinking of setting a fire, running out in front of traffic.


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acstrine

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

I was never disappointed with Ginny. I was afraid for her. She had lost two previous placements and was at risk of losing the home and people who had provided the most security she had had in her life. Making friends can be difficult for someone on the autism spectrum, due to not being able to pick up on social cues and not always being able to articulate thoughts and feelings clearly. I did not want her to lose the relationships with her classmates because of her stealing. Ginny risked her comfort, security, and the love and acceptance of family and friends because she was committed, determined, and responsible to and for another human being. She took this role very seriously, and I admire her strength to follow through at whatever personal cost.


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PinkLady

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Her commitment to her "baby doll" - the fact that she knew it was her responsibility to keep that baby safe and she never waivered from that. I was never disappointed - maybe a bit frustrated and wanting to shake her, but also understand that her mind worked in a specific way and she made decisions based on what she thought was acceptable - what made sense at the time. I worried for her, though.


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Navy Mom

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Even though the adults didn't understand her, Ginny was not going to give up on finding her Baby Doll. I thought more could have been done to either disprove the baby doll still existed. If they had done that, they may have found Ginny's sister sooner.


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renem

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Protecting her sister. Disappointed is the wrong word to describe my feelings when related to an autistic teen's negative actions. They usually respond to conflicts negatively due to their lack of communication and social skills so I fully expected Ginny to act as she did. It was up to the adults to find out what the root cause of the defiant behavior is and then address it in a calm manner.


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marianned

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Ginny‘s greatest strength, as others have said, was her commitment to protecting her little sister. She referred to that sister as her Baby Doll and didn‘t realize that her sister didn‘t remain ther same age. Ginny took better care of that child than Gloria, her own mother. Ginny’s childcare gifts carried over to her new “Forever Sister,” Wendy. It disappointed me when Ginny repeatedly stole from her friends, but I understood why she did so. She had an ultimate goal in mind, getting to her Baby Doll, that required her to take certain steps. Lacking a strong moral sense, perhaps as a result of her autism, she saw no other way to reach her goal but to listen to Gloria’s misguided directions.


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pennyp

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RE: What is Ginny's greatest personal strength? At what point(s) were you disappointed with her?

Her personal strengh was her tenacity. I think another strengh, which migh also be construed as a weakness, was her attachment/love for her baby doll. I didn’t like it that she was influenced to steal, but it was understandable.


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