One of the primary communication issues for Ryan, as with other autistic children, is communicating on their own. What I mean is that Ryan can have a conversation, albeit a short one, but most of what he says is what he has been taught to say.
For example, when he was younger, people would ask Ryan "How are you?" and he just would ignore them. So we taught him to say "I'm fine. How are you?" and so on.
But I'm learning to appreciate what he says even when he doesn't follow the pattern of what he's "supposed to say" in any given situation. Here is an example:
Me: Good night Ryan. I love you.
Ryan: Good night.
Me: Did you hear Daddy? I said "I love you."
Ryan: Thank you.