Category: Autism

Says Jake, after his first basketball game: “It was pretty awesome!”

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Tell Your Friends      Here are some action shots of Jake during his JV basketball debut against the PCHS Pirates this afternoon. They won by four points! Here he is, getting into the car, on his way up to join the team for the bus ride to Guilford: Here’s Jake finding his place on the bench as …

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How Jake’s Basketball Career Is Going So Far

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Tell Your Friends      “How’s Jake doing in basketball?” I’ve been getting this question quite often lately, and it’s harder to answer than I thought it would be. I guess it depends on who you ask.  Here’s where we are and how we got there: We began deeply ensconced in the Dunning-Kruger effect, which is the psychological …

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Your Cousin, Jacob Ryan Whitehouse

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Tell Your Friends      Jacob’s cousin Drake is away in Texas going through basic training for the US Air Force. The kids have been writing him letters to keep him encouraged and to let him know we’re behind him here in the Pine Tree State. Last night Jacob wrote to Drake.  Beth said to let Drake know …

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He Made JV!

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Tell Your Friends      Never in the history of junior varsity has a kid been so excited to have been made part of the team. We’ve discussed this in length, with Should Jake Play Basketball?, Jake Has The Final Word, and more recently with We Got The Basketball Schedule, and Now We’re Freaking Out.   Tonight was night …

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We Got The Basketball Schedule, And Now We’re Freaking Out

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Tell Your Friends      Jake continues to work hard towards his goal of being the game-saving, three pointer-shooting, super star of high school basketball. He’s working harder than ever on his game, he’s giving it everything he has nearly ever night in the gym, and he’s keeping his new basketball sneakers in his even newer duffel bag.  …

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Oops! Open Mouth, Insert Foot.

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Tell Your Friends      I wanted to share this tale, but it’s sensitive, so I have to be careful. I don’t want to embarrass or shame anyone. With any and every volatile interaction, there’s a chance to allow emotion to overrun and blur reflection. I like to take time to decompress and see if there’s anything I …

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Jake’s Screen Brain

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Tell Your Friends      First, a little back story.  Then the video.   Jake has a very limited diet when it comes to “cold lunch.”  He only ever brings two things to school – macaroni and cheese, and chicken noodle soup.  He loves pizza, so we were thinking about another way to get him a pizza-esque experience, …

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Bomb Appetit!

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Tell Your Friends      As you may have heard, Jake hit 400 subscribers on his YouTube channel the other day.  Needless to say, he was thrilled!  Thank you for all of you who helped.   For those few readers I have that aren’t friends on the book of faces, here’s the video we made where I tried …

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Sunday Shorts #3

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Tell Your Friends      Fit As A Fiddle Jake saw the doctor this week for a sports physical.  Status: healthy as a fifteen year old horse!  He’s ready.  He handled everything really well, with few exceptions.  He’s never been able to work an eye chart.  I forgot about this until I saw the medical assistant try and …

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Infantilizing Jacob

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Tell Your Friends      I saw this topic discussed on Twitter the other day and it got me thinking.  Do I infantilize Jake?  Do I infantilize others like Jake? To some extent, yes, I think so.  And I also think it’s wrong. Infantilization is when you treat someone who isn’t a child the way you would treat …

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Is It Always Going To Be This Hard?

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Tell Your Friends      As I lay there in Jake’s bed, stroking his hair as he sobbed into my chest, I asked him, “It’s hard, huh?”  Stupid question, I realize, but I was trying to reach out.  The way he inhaled and let out a “yeah” with his exhalation broke my heart.  Jake’s going through a couple …

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Smell My Teeth

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Tell Your Friends      A brief three weeks into school, and Jake has settled into a rhythm.  His externship at Katahdin Kritters is going very well.  At first, the thought of tending to so many dogs was a real turn off because, spoiler alert – they poop and it smells.  He’s adapted quickly.  Yesterday he told me …

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