St. George Island, Florida Vacation


Such a great experience in Gulf of Mexico! So much fun to swim in the ocean waves. The delicious salty sea makes me so happy.  Almost I not so autistic at most nice, awesome nature scene. Most glad a good experience was had by my whole family.

Had most great not so hard time on this trip. Might not have had eagerness to start in water, had to be capable not having only too much emotions. Mostly not really only  I am able to handle so much at a time. Happy I am only having best emotions on this trip. Not so much bad emotions on this wonderful vacation.

So many good things about having autism on the beach. Not have so much expectations to do things I have huge struggle to do. Nice to have a break from my regular self, thinking I am not human enough. Have to have a better outlook after experiencing most lovely beach time.

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 24th 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.