Hi Abo -
Thanks for your question! And yes, we absolutely believe that your son can regain his language - we see it happen all the time. It is a common pattern for children to go through phases in their language - sometimes speaking many words, then seeming to lose those words, then eventually learning to speak them again. So the first thought we'd like to offer you is to have hope - the more you believe your son will speak, the more you will be able to help him do so. When we are hopeful, we continue to work toward our goal in a more powerful way - so believing in your son is the first step.
Second, let me give you some tips on how to encourage your son to speak again. We have had continued success with helping children speak and these techniques will get you started in that process. I would suggest spending some focused time with your son in a quiet room to try out the techniques below - you could close the door on the living room or your son's bedroom and use that quiet, focused space to spend some time helping your son develop more language.
1) CELEBRATE all sounds your son is making - he is probably making babbling sounds, or unclear sounds, and although these sounds may not seem like words, we want him to continue using his voice so that he can eventually speak more clearly. Whenever he makes a sound, you could celebrate in a variety of ways (cheer, tell him you love his word, dance a silly dance of celebration, cheer loudly, cheer silently with just your arms, etc.).
2) RESPOND WITH ACTION whenever your son makes a sound. Show him the power of his sounds and partial words. When he says "buh" you could run to get a ball and bounce the ball in a fun and silly way. You could sing him a song, you could tickle him, you could get him a drink of water, you could jump, you could squeeze his foot, you could get him a book and read it to him... After you celebrate his sound, show him the power and the purpose of language by responding to his sound with action.
Try these two techniques and then write us back so we can give you further guidance. We'd love to continue supporting you.
For additional techniques on language - visit our website for a video on how to encourage language here:http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/co ... cation.php
Wishing you a wonderful time with your son!