Today we finished a lesson called A Census of Senses about the science of sensations and how there are actually way more than the 5 basic senses. We both found it interesting to think about, and to end our session we went back to the basics by prompting Jake’s imagery writing with a photo of a red leaf from the Autumn Leaves book.
Jake’s finish to each prompt is in bold:
I see lovely most red color intense.
I hear how the wind is blowing the leaves bare off the trees.
I smell most how rain makes my leaves wet.
I taste really warm foods.
I feel really cooler air, most nice.
I think like autumn season, most delightful!
At the age of 22 he began expressing his very personal thoughts and feelings more fluently with me (his mom.) 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.