Lots Help From God Lately

Story of My Life Pt. 8 by Jake McClintick 1/7/19

Maybe God does care about me. Not most like to really hate autism. So I had a good, eager note most really pleading to God for help.

Most not so like me. I not even like to see anything. Like so much the dark. So much more comfortable in the dark because good to be alone with my thoughts. Really got to not see so much to think my thoughts.

Makes it hard, my life. I can see that others not need dark most like I do. So I ask God like so much to live not so dark. Like to live more in the light.

Maybe like so hard to be like others that I forget that it is better to really not lose myself. Most not have autism. I have to deal with reality that I have.

Most not understand, but God made me, so they can like me or not. I am doing my best like everyone is.

Jake McClintick is now 23 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 is this eighth 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.