Thank you for sharing this, Janet. My boy, who'll have his second birthday next month, is developementally delayed and may be somewhere on the autism scale. I hope that, whatever interests he may pursue, there is someone like you to lend him their time and attention so he can have a good day.
I have two spanish-speaking students that I'm struggling to teach; my spanish really stinks on ice, to say nothing of my japanese! I find that my experience is enriched by meeting them halfway and learning their language as we go.
The most important things we do are sometimes the most difficult.