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How Art and Special Interests Helped a Boy Unleash his Inner Hero.

I’m a single father raising an amazing 7 year old boy named Jacob. He really loves superheroes. Just give him 5 minutes and Jake will tell you everything there is to know about them. His closet is full of costumes, enchanted hammers, magical capes and utility belts.

As a self-proclaimed comic book geek, I applaud my son's imagination and I happily endorse his dream of one day being the greatest superhero that the world has ever known. But there was a time not that long ago when his love for superheroes interfered with his academic development.

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Autism became a part of my life when Jacob was about 4 years old. His mother and I couldn't help but notice the difficulties that Jake was having in Pre-K. His attention span was short and he'd constantly wander around the classroom as if the other children in class didn't exist. He couldn't contribute to class discussions because his responses were disconnected and completely unrelated to the subject. All he wanted to talk about was superheroes.

By dedicating 30 minutes art lessons a day, I combined art and Jake’s special interests to pull him in to learning. Join us as we begin our mission to uplift, inspire and spread awareness about autism. "The New Adventures of Jake Jetpulse" is an opportunity for others to see the world through the eyes of a young boy on the spectrum of autism.