Shortly after my daughter was diagnosed 13 years ago, she was verbal, but not “contacting” in communation…mostly scripting, echolalia, etc.
One day, she was playing in her room and yelled, “Mom! Have you seen my Sally doll?!” pause “Never mind!”
We had never heard anything so clear and, i guess, typical sounding to date. We thought, wow, I think she’s getting better. Maybe these doctors were wrong.
Two days later, we were watching Toy Story. A character on the movie, Sid’s sister, yelled, “Mom! Have you seen my Sally doll? ….Never mind!” same pitch, same tone. She was just doing more scripting.
Shortly theafter, we discovered she can parrot the entire movie from beginning to end.