It seems so black and white; cut and dry.
You hear verbal you assume talking and therefore communication. You hear non verbal and you assume not talking and no communication.
Of course it’s not that simple.
There are those who are non verbal but are able to communicate wants and needs. Either through gestures or noises; grunts, moans, screams, etc.
There are also those (like W) who literally never stop “talking ” but don’t use words to communicate. To look at W you would assume he’s verbal but in actuality he has echolalia. So his talking his nothing more than repeating things he’s heard from t.v or adults. Unfortunately because of his echolalia he also mimics the baby so he fusses and whines a lot.
We’re working on getting him to use words for communication and since starting preschool it has gotten a little better. He now uses words to tell us he needs a new diaper or more juice.
It’s frustrating though because before the baby was born W was doing well with talking. Yes he was delayed but not by a lot. But since the birth of the baby he had a massive communication regression. For a long while he wasn’t using words at all to communicate wants or needs.
I think having the baby set W years back in his development.