As of this week, Portia has come through on her promise - with flying colors. Her website now includes a 75-page .pdf document (free to all), which incorporates a very detailed description of exactly how to start your child pointing. She says this manual is a work-in-progress, but it is certainly an impressive start.
Perhaps even more significant, she has developed a very unusual type of community. She's invited visitors to upload video of "baseline," "starting up," "ongoing" and "how-to" pointing sessions with their children. These videos are comment-enabled, so that other parents (and Portia) can chip in with support, ideas and critiques. It's like a virtual workshop - and promises to be extremely helpful for parents who think pointing might be a promising approach for communication with their child on the autism spectrum. At present, in the how-to section, Portia has included a time-lapse video of "pointing" pioneer Soma working with a little girl with severe autistic symptoms. While the details of Soma's approach are a little tough to grab from the video, there's no doubt that the message is inspiring.
If you do go to the Strange Son site, let us know what you thought - and whether you feel "pointing" is a useful tool for communicating with non-verbal folks on the autism spectrum