Not Sure Good to Make Myself Do Things

Story of My Life Pt. 14 by Jake McClintick 3/4/19

Sometimes I not want to start anything new. Most need to have alone time and not like pressure to have to stop being autistic.

I am making God my top priority. To not have stupid madness in my heart feels real most times, I most sorry I had such hate. Only most my life I not sure why I have autism. Lots not easy, makes everything huge hurdle. Nice to hear to stick with God is only thing I need to do. Not too difficult even so autistic as me.

Love not having to do things that most have to – not possible me anyways. New things might be in God’s will for my life, but most autistic so I not sure exactly what. God assures I do not need to worry or be scared.

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 his 14th 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.