Winter to Spring

Today Jake was led by Katie through a creative writing experience using similes to describe the transition from winter to spring.

Jake’s finish to each prompt is in bold:

Winter to Spring

As cold as snow is most on my face.
As new as having new hope.

As bare as feeling exposed.
As growing as a child.

As most isolated as dealing with autism.
As always changing as having life.

I have good experiences no matter how lonely I get. Hope is around the corner, like spring is to winter.

Jake McClintick is now 27 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.) 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.