Christmas 2019


(Jake wrote this sitting via letter board with me during our family Christmas gathering in Lexington, KY)

Having good most happy time, have happy family. Have Christmas good, best heavenly good laughter. Can have great time autism.

Have autism not easy, but not most horrible as hating myself.  Hate having family get see me autistic, but most love me anyways.

Have autism have to be a good listener. Being autistic get so much attention, good having capabilities, have better communication can get myself better happy mood. Keep having a better happy.  I am getting good at most being able have better thoughts.

Have real better attitude this Christmas.

Jake McClintick is now 24 years old and has been learning to communicate using a letterboard since age 18. Learning the process of using a letterboard through the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) was a gradual process that took several years. We are still working on expanding RPM and Jake’s confidence/skills beyond our “work sessions.” 

Regardless, this low-tech alternative communication system has been an answered prayer for us both. At the age of 22 he began expressing his very personal thoughts and feelings more fluently with me (his mom), and it was his idea to begin writing “The Story of My Life” one day.  This was his 26th entry to that story. He is diagnosed with severe autism as well as intermittent explosive disorder.

He has given me permission to share his story and our conversations. He continually expresses his desire to “find purpose” to his life…I hope his willingness to share will help others learn about this misunderstood condition known as “autism” that has so much to teach us all.