I'm a 28 yr old woman that cares for a 4yr old little boy with severe autism and a potential learning difficulty also. I'm a live in carer so have the opportunity to be very involved with him and the family also. They call me Squishy Mcphee, because he is non verbal but I have been able to communicate with him for a while myself, in our way. We have bonded and he is my friend. Currently were introducing the concept of PECS into our household and trying as everyone else I'd imagine to work out how to work with our children.