Table of Contents
- What is echolalia?
- Is echolalia a disorder?
- What are the symptoms of echolalia?
- Understanding the different types of echolalia
- Reasons children on the autism spectrum use echolalia
- How is echolalia treated?
- Supporting autistic children with echolalia
- Negative impact of echolalia on children with autism
- Did You Know About Folate Receptor Autoantibodies (FRAAs) and Brain Development?
What is echolalia?
Echolalia, the echoing of prior speech, is a typical characteristic of autism. Long considered meaningless repetition to be avoided, new research suggests that echolalia may in fact be used functionally in autism.
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Is echolalia a disorder?
What are the symptoms of echolalia?
Understanding the Different Types of Echolalia
Reasons children on the autism spectrum use echolalia
Children on the autism spectrum use echolalia because they learn language differently
Autistic kids learn language differently! They grab whole phrases, not just words. Echolalia helps them join in the conversation, explore sounds, & find their own voice.
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Children on the autism spectrum use echolalia to communicate purpose or message
- Expressing wants and needs: For example, a child might say “Can we go to the park?” to ask for an outing, as she’s heard others asking this way before.
- Initiating and maintaining interactions: Repeating familiar game phrases like “Ready, set, go!” or “I spy with my little eye…” can be their way of inviting others to join in and share the fun.
- To draw someone’s attention to something: For example, as a dog barks outside, a child mimics a line from a cartoon, “Uh oh, sounds like someone forgot to feed Scooby Doo!”
- To protest something: Repeating the phrase with a questioning tone and strong inflection to show disagreement. For example, “You DON’T want me to wear those pants?”
- To answer yes: Repeating the question with a questioning tone to seek confirmation and reiterate their desire. For example, “Do I want yogurt? Yogurt?”
Children on the autism spectrum use echolalia to self-regulate sensory stimulation, and internal processing
- Self-soothing or self-regulation: Repeating phrases can offer a sense of comfort and predictability, especially during stressful or overwhelming situations. Imagine a child quietly humming a familiar song to calm their nerves before a doctor’s appointment.
- Sensory exploration: The sounds and rhythms of language can be captivating, and autistic children might enjoy echoing sounds or phrases simply for the sensory experience. Think of a child repeating a catchy jingle from a commercial they saw earlier, just enjoying the way it sounds.
- Practice and preparation: Echolalia can be a way for children to rehearse and internalize language patterns, preparing them to use those words or phrases themselves later. It’s like practicing a song before you sing it in front of others.
- Scripting and routines: Autistic children often find comfort in routine and predictability. Repeating phrases from familiar routines or scripts can help them navigate the world and feel secure. Imagine a child echoing their bedtime story as they get ready for sleep, following the familiar pattern.
- Stimming: Stimming behaviors are repetitive actions or sounds that can provide sensory and emotional regulation. Echolalia can sometimes be a form of stimming, helping the child self-regulate and feel calmer.