A lot of Derek's speech these days is just a repetition of what he is heard--otherwise known as echolalia, or "parrot-talk." Somehow, my train loving little boy found the train version of the old Budweiser commercial on Youtube. He LOVES it and watches it over and over again. He's even picking up the words. He says, "wo" for "hello", "twoo" for "true" and "waddup" for "wassup." He also babbles through the parts he can't repeat. Best thing though? He randomly says "wassup" when he is NOT watching the video.
At first I was worried about his speech going from nothing to just echolalia. But, I've been told that this is progress and that at least he is beginning to speak. I guess most non-verbal autistic kids go through this?