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WasUnderThirthy Tue 30-Apr-13 02:07:27

My 5 years old dd has severe language delays & asd.

Recently she has started to express herself a lot more, by using phrases taken from tv shoes, or from friends at school.

So the sentences she uses are copied, yes, but they are used correctly.

Example, when her toy broke, she said " why is it not working" with the same intonation as a tv character.

Is this echolalia? A positive form?

zumbaleena Tue 30-Apr-13 09:11:13

yes...that is echolalia and it is VERY good. trick lies in modelling for hr ALWAYS how to speak correctly and cos' she is echolalic she will learn to do it correctly. within 6 months u will see the difference if you model intensively

chocjunkie Tue 30-Apr-13 10:04:13

what zumbaleena said. DD (5, asd and severe s&l delay) sounds similar to your DS. we model quite intensely for her and DD has now quite a good database of phrases which she can use correctly in contect.

DailyNameChanger Tue 30-Apr-13 11:10:37


My son does this too. It's weird cos sometimes I think it's an anxiety thing, he does it a lot more if he is stressed. But recently he also does it in context like you say. It's quite genius really! It's good to hear that it's a good sign.

MummytoMog Tue 30-Apr-13 15:57:09

My 3 year old copies phrases, and now puts them into use in appropriate context. We're trying to remember to model them correctly (so 'I want a drink' rather than 'do you want a drink') and to stop talking about ourselves in the third person now! It's a slightly odd way of learning language, but it's so much easier once she has a phrase she can use to ask for what she wants or tell us when something is wrong.

WasUnderThirthy Wed 01-May-13 00:46:34

Really great, as she never displayed what I imagined was typical echolalia, I was not sure, but I am pleased to hear your responses. I will discuss with salt.

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