OK, I'm autistic and also a psychology major with an interest in alternative and augmentative communication, so I'm having trouble guessing at how a layperson would approach this problem one of my characters is facing. I don't want him to seem unexpectedly knowledgeable given his background. Background: The setting is a pseudo-medieval setting, where magic is uncommon, known about and feared but not actively oppressed. The character in question is a teenaged apprentice to a pair of sort of mercenary detectives/assassins/spies, who don't have magic but have experience handling magic-related problems. He's also a pretty good artist and a generally smart and thoughtful kid. They were called in to this one country because someone suspected that the king's new 'advisor' was doing more than just advising. It turned out this guy had a magical artifact and was using it to control the king's mind. He made the king start a war and then was using magic to help the troops by doing things like manipulating the weather and so forth. Anyway, they try to steal the adviser's artifact, and he catches them in the act. He takes the artifact and tries to destroy them, but the artifact malfunctions and attacks his mind instead. When the dust clears, they find him unable to speak, understand speech or dress himself, and he doesn't seem to recognize them either. They take him prisoner and start fleeing the country because the king is after them. Anyway, this apprentice kid takes pity on the wounded adviser guy, who's clearly scared and confused about what's going on, and starts trying to help him out. So far, he's been mostly just comforting the guy and trying to reassure him, but he's also done a bit of experimenting with seeing if he can find a way for them to communicate better. He's already tried to show the guy how to write a few words, with absolutely no success. Then, the adviser guy finds some 'wanted' posters of the kid's masters. The adviser guy clearly has no idea that these are wanted posters, but seems excited by the fact that there are pictures of people he knows on the poster. After they hurry out of town to avoid being caught, the kid realizes the adviser guy took the wanted posters with him and is refusing to let go of them. So, here are my questions: a) How likely is it that the kid might think to try drawing pictures to communicate with the adviser guy? b) If he does think of drawing pictures, which pictures might he try to draw first? c) The adviser guy will not be able to draw recognizable pictures in response. How likely is it that the kid would think to try to get him to point to pictures the kid drew?