"It's a chair."
They are working on using speech in regular conversation. It's called the Social Conversation program. We ask them questions like
"What do you say when someone goes away?"
"What is your cat's name?"
"How does that taste?"
And then there's fill-in-the-blank phrases and song lines, like
"head, shoulders knees and -"
Some of them they are really good at. Others not so much.
Both boys have learned to say "Hi" when someone comes into the room and says "hi" to them. Then they both have worked on responding to the question "how are you?" with "good."
Zack however has decided that is all just too much idle chitchat. He'd like to cut it down. Now when someone comes into the room and says "hi" to him, he just says "good."
I'll get right in his face and say emphatically "HI, Zack." And he'll give me the quickest nanosecond of eye contact and say "good."
It takes 2 or 3 tries to get him to say "hi" instead of "good."
This morning when I came downstairs I said "Hi Zack."
And Zack, without looking away from You Tube, said "Hi. Good."
Well, that's progress!