Not Stupid to Have Autism


Having autism is the only life I know. Not easy, I don’t make other comfortable because not able to have conversations. Not bad thing I now think.

Most hear only eager to hear. I hear too much. Hear things my soul not understand totally. Most only so interested in making sure they have a chance to talk. I not really worried, love mostly listening.

Listening to most conversations I learn I don’t have reality as bad as lies sometimes tell me in my mind. My life stupid got autism, but with God’s help I still have love in my heart stronger than my hate of autism.

Most so dealing to have heard of God, I most only listen. I have to really pay attention to if hearing mostly delicious love or hate that makes me get hurt.

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 25th 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.