How about taking a step back and engaging in parallel play. Spend a few sessions just playing next to him with something he likes and commenting on what you are doing. Then build off from that. Start commenting on what he is doing. Then target fun toy sounds like car engines, crashing sounds,feeding a doll and making smacking sounds, etc. I'd have fun and try to use that fun time to ease him into talking again.
At the same time, I would provide the parents with an informational sheet on engineering their home environment and discuss how they can begin to better facilitate language deveopment at home and chnge their expectectations in order to elicit communication from him. (I have a handout I can email you if you'd like. )Maybe let the demands come from home in the beginning. It appears from your explanation that he is not expected to communicate to get things at home, so he he gets angry with you. They may be giving in to avoid this behavior. That should be carefully addressed with the parents. How are they disciplining? Do they follow through? Explain the effect on his language development. I would encourage a team approach. I would also explain that I need to back up, build rapport, and come up with a unified manner of adressing his behavior with them as parents before I can expect to get anyhing out of him.
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