My daughters are both on the mild end of the spectrum. The oldest has more problems socially than the youngest. We finally got a diagnois for her when she was three. We tired to get therapy for her much earlier, but the so called experts just kept telling us some kids take longer to speak (she was 4 when she finally started talking instead of screaming all the time.) Kids ave trantrums (not 12+ hour ones that lead to convulsions!) Finally, she threw a tantrum at the doctor's office which convinced him to give us the recommendation for therapy our insurance required to get help. Four years and much therapy later, our dd is very nearly exactly like NT kids, although, she has problems maing friends and in social situations.
We homeschool her because the schools here are terrible and we do not want her to go through the same experiences (all bad) we have heard about other kids with autism having in the public schools. We try to emphasize good matters. I am hoping by homeschooling her and trying to control the situations she is in with other kids , she will have good experiences and form positive relationships. It took me a long time to accept that although she likes other kids she can take them or leave them. Family and ideas mean more to her than friends. Friends were super important to me as a kid, so it is hard for me to understand this take 'em or leave 'em mentality she has.
I have allowed my religious family to talk to her about their beliefs in god. She is confused about why people believe in statues. She told me about a month ago, "God is a statue. Grandma prays to a statue.: I thought it was hiliarious.