I've written about how sensitive Jake is overall and in my opinion, it applies across the board with so many of our ASD Super Hero kiddos. Jake called me out on a very common phrase that every parent has said multiple times. Read One Minute Miracles.
Big plans to be President and the first job on his task list is to help his friends. Jake has turned his focus to creating safe and not scary places for people with Autism to get help before the get in trouble.
Interpersonal relationships are challenging for those on the spectrum, that's not news... what is news, is the reason why. In Jake's case, it's not only because nonverbal cues are confusing, it's because he feels others' emotions too. Combine that with uncertainty about communication and the feelings girls cause in his body... relationships are a scary thing. Jake is often times much happier alone bc it's stress free.
Pushing teens with into new social situations is a challenge, but also a necessity. Jake needs to learn how to manage his multiple disabilities across a variety of settings. It's hard. It's tiring. Our guy is worth it. Enjoy and share if you think it might work for others.
Behavior is communication. I've said it a thousand times and truly believe this. Acting-out can come in many forms from aggression to attention seeking to annoyance. Sometimes I think Jake is just being a turkey, in the wake of recent activities, I will always look beyond what I actually see. Autism Parents Read This!
Yep, our kid is the police ambassador. Yep, he's taught more than 2,000 police. Yep, he's been honored state-wide and nationally, but you know what? He's still an impulsive teenage boy. Decisions happen in a split second and the results will change your life and how you view it.
A warning for all autism parents is here.
"Jake...you are an amazing young man. Thank you for changing the world one day at a time. I am honored to know you and call you my friend."
“ Jake is a great kid who will be famous and rule the world one day. Good for us, to get on the Jake bandwagon early! Jake is motivational and represents both the struggles and accomplishments of a person with Autism.” Ofc. Laurie Reyes, MCPd autism and alzheimer's outreach
"That kid is an amazing young man and I wish we could bottle his spirit and spread it around this country. Wow!"