My husband and I also live in Cornwall, in Camborne and my son is 6 and has autism.
He has a younger brother who is 2.
How old is Gabriel at the momment?
I remeber it took Mikey til he was 3 to use any words and he could not even create sentances til he was 5, though these were normally copied from things he had heard.
The furture always looks scary when you think about it and I know I do almost daily, but I know if I give my son all the love, attention and help that he needs he will learn to cope, with or without me in the future.
If you would like to chat anytime feel free to msg me.