Delayed Echocalia?

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Delayed Echocalia?
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Sun, 09-26-2010 - 6:52pm

Hello,

DS repeats phrases and conversations - not always in context and sometimes from weeks prior. He repeats the chorus of a cartoon, "gotta zip, gotta zip, gotta zip our wheels"...parental reprimands, and fragments of conversations. Today out of context I heard him say, "Your baby's really into it! Yes, he's having fun!" This was a quick convo I had with an adult at a music class last week. While playing with his trains, I also heard him say "Fridays I am open. Do you open at 8:30?"

It's not as much as he used to be, but I still hear him say things which I can't always place, but I know is from tv or a convo he has heard. So how do you know if it is echocalia or just normal (yes, we are in the process of getting evals - but it has been years an slow going).

I will say that he is a toe walker, spins, is very active, etc. Speech was late among other things, yet we have seen specialists which have said it is not ASD because he is social, smiles, etc. I have had to work very hard these past few years working on his social skills...getting him to use his words instead of point, etc (he is fully verbal now).

I was curious what other expert moms thought. :)

Thanks in advance!

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Registered: 06-25-2003
Mon, 09-27-2010 - 12:49am

echolalia is not just instantly repearting back soimethign someone said. Storing ords and phrases and using them at othert times is also echolalia. There are two basic forms/: functional and non-functional echolalia.

functional echolalia fulfils a purpose for the child and usually for other's around. Many kids will have a standard echolalic phrase which means something particular.

Non-funcational echolalia (such as repeating the same word or phrase monotonously over and over) also performs a function for the child. It is a stim.

It sound like you are right to have your child evaluated, In the meantime feel free to hang with us. You dont' need a diagnosis to do so.

Oh and on the whole "he is social and smiles..." thing: You probably don't want to read this, but you definitely should.

http://onesickmother.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/07/10-myths-regarding-autistic-spectrum-kids.html

Good luck and please feel free to ask as many questions as you need.

-Paula

-Paula

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-Paula

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Mon, 09-27-2010 - 8:10am

Hello! Paula gave you some great advice.

My son is 5 and he has echolalia. He repeats random things he has heard. He has both functional and non-functional (which if functional to his as he is stimming from it).

I think it's great that you are having him evaluated. And definitely read the post Paula left for you.

My son is social, but it's in an odd way. He tends to talk at people and not to people. And he talks mostly about his obsession....mario, video games, and computers. Gabe also struggles with how to answer questions, how to join a group, and knowing those social niceties.





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