Need to know if this is an ASD thing

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Need to know if this is an ASD thing
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 10:06pm
My ds is 9 and has ASD (mild). He does something that I've never asked about but it drives me nutso sometimes. He will say something and then mouth what he said again (sometimes more than once). So he'll tell you something and then you can see him saying it again only not outloud. He doesn't realize he does it b/c we sort of tease him about it (not in a mean way, he laughs too). He'll say something and then do this, and we'll answer him but not outloud - just moving our mouth. And then he'll laugh and he'll try harder to not do it (but only in that conversation). I know we're probably being really mean but we are a joking family and we all pick on each other. Regardless of that - I need to know if this is an ASD thing or what? It's not something that should drive me nuts but it does. I need to learn to let it go. ;)


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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 7:56am
It could be a processing thing-- a lot of times AS kids don't process words as they hear them; it takes a few seconds for it to "sink in." Perhaps his self-repetition is a way for him to give himself more time to process what those words actually mean.

When my son was little, he used to "replay" most of his day just before bedtime. We would hear him in his crib or toddler bed, and catch phrases from videos, TV shows, conversations, etc., that he had experienced during the day. He had to do this to wind down before going to sleep. Not quite the same as what your child does, but related.


mom to Chris, 10, AS

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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 2:02pm
Hi, my 10 yr. old dd used to do the word repeat thing outloud but she doesn't do it as much now. She also will repeat back what her sister says just to upset her. She has alot of annoying behaviors which we all laugh at because it's just part of her personality! She obsesses alot, is now doing the voice from Lilo & Stitch which REALLY annoys me! She does Stitch. It goes on & on. Have a good day :) MaryAnn
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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 9:54am
Thanks for the advice all! LOL about the Bruce Lee movies! And thanks for the name of this condition! I haven't been able to find much online about it - I spent 1/2 an hour last night looking up palilalia but just kept getting the definition. Still - it helped a lot! I stumbled onto an asperger's site and it mentioned the link between some aspergers and tourette's - didn't know that. And also parkinsons/catatonia - even more interesting. And scary! Still- this gives me something to bring up to his pdoc. Thanks for the help!


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 7:05am
I don't know if it is strictly an ASD-type thing or not. I belong to another Autism support group and would be happy to ask them what they think, if you want me to.

As for "teasing" him......I really don't see a problem with it, as long as you are ALL keeping it in fun, like you say you are doing. I think, as a society, we take waaaaaay too many things a little too seriously, including ourselves. As you said, you aren't being mean about it, because he is in on it, too. The way it actually sounds to me is that you are giving a light-hearted approach to bringing it to his attention. I wouldn't worry about it.

Back to the question at hand.....have you talked to his doc about the self-mimicing? It's just another possible route.

Hope I helped a *little*.....and let me know if you want to me ask my other group! (or if you want info on them so you can ask yourself!)


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 2:17am
Hello! My son has not been officially diagnosed with AS (they are torn between AS and nonverbal learning disability) but he does exactly what your son does. For instance, he might say, "What's for dinner? dinner" He will usually just very quietly whisper the last word of a sentence or just mouth it, as your son will do. I did research online and found out that this is called palilalia. It is a verbal tic. A lot of times it is associated with Tourette's syndrome (though no one has ever suggested my son has Tourette's..I just happened to read that online).

Don't feel bad! We used to tease him all the time about it (with love). I did feel a little guilty once I realized it was probably due to his AS or NVLD...but can't change the past, and he never seemed to mind the teasing too much.

Hope this helps! (My son is 10-1/2 and still does it, but he is doing it a lot less than he used to.)


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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 11:50pm
Does he watch alot of Bruce Lee Karate movies?, Sorry I

was just picturing my DS trying to do what those movies

do when they record over the movie with English and their

mouths are still moving when the words aren't being said.

I don't know if it's strictly an AS thing or not. Has

he done this forever or just picked it up?