Not Too Bad Autism

Story of My Life Pt. 9 by Jake McClintick 1/28/2019

Sometimes not too mad about my autism. Purpose has to be God’s too.

Have so much reasons to my autism that I need not understand. Too many times not like autism, get mad not necessary when I think about things really happy mood.

Still not understand most reasons I can’t talk or do things even tiny little kids can do, but my worth is not based on the big things I can’t do.

Most autism not fun, but some not too bad. I not have so much stupid responsibilities that most do. Only have to make myself get dressed. Most not like to get dressed, but I do almost every day. Not too hard to do that even my autism.

Most love to complain about things I not really am able handle. Not sure it bad thing I most helped because I have autism.

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 ninth entry to that story.

Jake 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.