For being autistic, this little Doodle has one of the most intense gazes I've ever seen. My friend was over the other day and said he communicates so intently with his eyes. And she's right. He may still be nonverbal, but that doesn't stop him from speaking to us with his eyes and gestures. He is masterful at letting us know exactly what he wants when he wants it. He'll take your hand and lead you or grab your face until you look at him and he knows that you get what it is he wants. If you happen to not understand him, he's tenacious and makes sure he can get you to figure it out whether it be with pictures, pointing or screaming if you're taking too long. No words necessary.
If he could talk he'd probably say: speech can be so overated.