My name is Led Bradshaw. I'm a Brooklyn born comic book artist/writer, graphic artist and Level 1 Teaching Assistant. Art is my life and it presents me with a ton of challenges yet none are more challenging or exciting than being a single father to an amazing 7 year old boy named Jacob.
Jacob 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.
Autism became a part of our lives when my son Jacob was 4 years old. The loud noises of children playing would send him running out of the classroom for silence. His attention span was short and he'd constantly wander around the class as if the other children 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 do was talk about superheroes. Looking for a way to communicate with Jake, I turned to the dozens of refrigerator drawings depicting him as this magnificent superhero.
After several weeks, I translated his drawings into comic book style characters that he could relate to. I incorporated his daily lessons with my artwork to make flashcards. Using sight words, I was able to help Jacob learn to identify words before moving on to larger sentences.