Speaking in Tongues

Part of the Monster’s autism is a persistant developmental delay when it comes to his use of language.  He’s delayed both expressively and receptively to a large extent, which has the effective result of having him communicate as if he were a little more than a year younger than he really is.

The majority of the time, his expressive language tends to be riffs on canned phrases.  Lately, it’s taken up his repeating artifacts – commercials he’s heard on the television or radio, things he’s heard people in his environment say, or weird linguistic artifacts he’s come up with himself. Continue reading