I'm the mother of a high functioning autistic boy. His name is Ali. He didn't used to be high functioning. It was a challenge to get a diagnosis, because at the time he lacked the "big symptoms" of autism: He made eye contact and showed emotion. However, he did not speak nor understood language. He knew some terminology: Cheerios. Juice. Water. No. And he would echo what was said to him, but didn't understand a word of it. This, along with numerous other sensory and behavioral issues put him on the low-functioning side of the spectrum.
After about a year of being at the mercy of speech therapists and habilitators, I decided to step in and get involved. It's been about 4 years or so... and he has come a long way.
I've been told by friends numerous times to start a blog and share all the things that I've done with Ali. Frankly, I had no time to even entertain the idea. However, I do believe that since this disorder is fairly new with a broad spectrum, my tips and inputs may help someone.
I look forward to sharing all our experiences with you. Good and sometimes not so good. And also look forward to your feedback and suggestions.