Described: Communication Explanations

Communication EXPLANATIONS

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FEMALE NARRATOR: A Title: Explanations. Jake's mother, Dee.

DEE: When he was about eight.. We had always, our vacations consisted of going to grandpa and grandma's. But when he was eight we were taking him to the Gulf of Mexico and to a whole brand new place that he never been before. And the first afternoon he got in the car, he was hunky dory - travel, travel, travel. Three hours into the ride he starts getting fussy. Then we get out. We eat some dinner and he absolutely refuses to get back in the car. And there is no way I'm going to physically makes this little boy, who is about the size of a five- year-old, get back in that car. Until I stopped and I said, "I don't know what's going on man." And he didn't really have a communication system to communicate with us, other than his behavior at that moment in time. And I finally just looked said, "Look Jake, here's what we're doing." And I went through and explained the best I could with what I had right there - that we're going to drive, then we're gonna stay in hotel, and we're gonna sleep and then we're going to get up and we're gonna drive some more and they were going to go see new things. And he hopped right in that seat for me and let me buckle him in. And that to me was like, oh my gosh, I really need to take time to explain everything we're doing, why we're doing it before we leave the house. My other two children just got it. If I said, "Hey, we're gonna go do this." They just got it. But Jake didn't hear and process and see that we had bags packs in the living room for days before we got on that trip and went to you know the Gulf of Mexico. The other two started asking questions. "Hey, what's up with all the suit cases?" When we would sit down at dinner we talk about, ok, first we are going to pray, then we are going to eat, then this is what we are going to do after dinner to to help him have the vision of, that there is a structure to our day, that there are things that we've gotta take care of that involve all of us. It's not just about what you're doing Jake.

NARRATOR: A photo showed a young Jake, his mom and his brother posing a large stone sign for Pikes Peak Summit. Another show them posing on what looks like a train locomotive.

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