So Much Not Too Terrible

Story of My Life (#2) by Jake McClintick

October 16, 2018

Not too terrible to have life with nice, loving mom.  So not too much to complain about really.  Not too terrible to everyday life.  Really thankful my family is most really nice.

Most sometimes I not so mad to have autism.  Not too terrible if I not make myself get so mad. Have to remember to think mostly happy thoughts. So love my nice and most loving family. Have the most nicest people that love me, so not too terrible at all. To stop really not nice thoughts have to not let them take over my mind.

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 second 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.