Many Good Happy, Happy Days

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This entry was written with Katie Masotti of at one of Jake’s weekly 30 minute sessions. While Jake did not specify for it to be a story entry, it was his first self-initiated writing with Katie (vs. a lesson she planned) so I decided to include it as a big milestone in his confidence.

Mom gets me the help I most need.

Night seems to cause me stress.  Having love is never leaving me to feel alone.

Always really glad each happy learning day. So proud of mom.

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 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.