We've known some things weren't right for a while, but it's mostly delays in speech and just assumed it wasn't anything specific and just something he would eventually overcome. He's been getting kind of obsessed about things though. Right now he loves lights. Turning them on, talking about them being on, etc. He doesn't have most of the extreme characteristics like banging his head, flapping his heads, etc. He's mostly pretty normal from an outside viewpoint. He has trouble initiating friendships in social situations, but if another kid engages him and he becomes comfortable he eventually blends right in. He makes great eye contact too, which is apparently pretty important. The Neurologist says that he is so high functioning that he expects him to eventually grow out of it with the proper therapy and go on to live a normal life. I think he'll be fine too. He's pretty "normal" except for those few setbacks. Surprisingly, I'm taking it pretty well. I'm pretty familiar with autism, my best friend I grew up with's brother was really bad as a young child. He had all of the classic symptoms that you think of like the hand flapping, the freak-out temper tantrums over nothing, the strange obsessions with things that don't really seem to make sense. He was really hard to communicate with for the longest time. And now he's in his 20's and he's pretty normal for the most part, except that he's a bit socially awkward. It only presents itself when you have a conversation with him. So if someone as extremely autistic as him can progress that well from the therapy that existed 20 years ago, then I think my son will be fine.