My son (who will be 3 in March) was just dx with autism. He has language but almost all of it is echolalia, although very recently the echolalia has diminished some and he said a few words in a more purposeful way. I am starting to wonder when he will really talk?? I asked his therapists at EI and of course they couldn't tell me but said he has "lots of language" (which still confuses me since he doesn't really talk conversationally). He can label and imitate words, but it's when he wants to and it's not very often. More often he speaks gibberish and squeals, etc. The words and phrases are peppered in once in a while.
His OT said there was a little girl who has ASD who had services through them at the same age as my son, and at the time she was only growling, she had no words. The OT recently ran into her and the little girl (who is now 6 years old) was talking up a storm!!! A total chatterbox! :) So that gives me a lot of hope!!
What is the "typical" time a child with autism (who is not non-verbal, but who is language-delayed- in other words, not an aspie) start using language to really communicate and be able to ask questions and hold conversations?