So Bede has the typical gestalt language acquisition traits of the autist. He asks for juice or cookies or DVDs by asking us if we’d like them. “Want see apple juice?” and when we say “Do you want some apple juice?” he says “OK! I get you some apple juice!” He says “Bye Bede!” when he says goodbye. Etc.
Today he used I to refer to himself, in a novel phrase: he said, to me as we cuddled, “I’m a cutie!”
I couldn’t have put it better myself.