Real Hard Thoughts

Story of my Life (#6) by Jake McClintick

December 18, 2018

Not like when lots bad thoughts get stuck in my brain. Not sure how to get them out.  So many times this happens real suddenly that I’m not ready or even not mad. Most frustrating to have bad thoughts when I so not expecting them. Not sure why having these thoughts in the first place. So not like when this happens, so annoying!

Not sure God is helping me when this happens. Most have real good madness involved, so I not think they my thoughts since I real good mood.  Where they come from, I don’t know. To not have them would be better. Most no reason to be in my brain.

Have to keep living with these stupid thoughts coming out of nowhere.  Most annoying, most aggravating! Really want to learn how to stop these thoughts.

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 6th 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.