DS1 is saying Mummy properly and with meaning. He must have ready my thread last week, because he definitely wasn't. It changed over the weekend (must have been the surfing ). Apparently he sits in school saying 'mummy' and signing home.
He said Daddy this morning as well. He's always said "daddy' but with a kind of "I don't speak properly/at all' accent.
The weird thing about 'Mummy" and now "daddy" today is that both are pronounced completely and utterly totally normally. And if you heard him say just that you would have no idea that he is non-verbal.
How lovely! my NON VERBAL dd who has never had any meaningful speach said " I dont like it" clear as a bell when grandma offered her ice cream last week, didn't know whether to laugh or cry so did both!!!!
Could it be the reading program you started? We toured a possible school for DS1 last week and we met a boy (8 years ?) who started to speak after learning to read. His reading was very basic but it did seem to have kick started the speech.
Possibly cybersaphim but we're still on the pre-reading bit. Although that does work on receptive language.
I think it might be an effect of being 2 years post learning to imitate (NT babies speak about 2 years after imitating don't they- well a bit earlier). It has also co-incided with a mass explosion in signing - which gives me hope. As speech and sign go together.
Had enough false starts to know that his spoken vocab may well always be limited to Mummy and Daddy though......
He's always communicated for years (to annoying levels in some ways- he has to share with me everything- if I get dragged to the window to be told that granny and grandad have gone on a ferry again......) he just doesn't have a way to communicate easily (shoving, pushing, grabbing arms and shouting being rather long winded )
The desire etc is there- just no tools to do it. The signing is a bit barking, but nice to see.