Mary Ellen has another great post up about autism and home education. She talks about communication and how difficult it can be for a child with autism. Then she goes on to give a few things you could do with a child with autism to help him develop his language skills.
Her son called her "Mama" for the first time when he was 4. She described feeling weak kneed when he did. Oh, I can understand that sentiment quite well.
We can get some pretty strong thunderstorms here. Once there was quite a storm going through here. Brother was in the tub but I yanked him out of there to show him the beautiful rainbow you could see from our back windows. He was so amazed by the site, he said with such feeling and awe, "THANK YOU, Mommy for showing this to me." It so spontaneous and so unexpected, I cried. Writing about it brings tears to my eyes still.
It's hard work, but the rewards, oh, the rewards.