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aspergers child mimiking mothers voice?!

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bazajo Thu 30-Oct-14 21:48:20

Hi

My 8 year old son is currently going through diagnosis for what we think is Aspergers. After his ADOS assessment this week the psychologist had a quick chat with us (no results yet...have to wait for that) she said she Couldn't Believe how much my son sounded like me?! It was like speaking to me? She made a point of saying this and I don't know what she was getting at? Is this a good sign for diagnosis? Does age mean his speech patterns mimic mine or am I looking into it too much? Does anyone here have a child who a professional say their aspergers child sounds so much like them? I'm hoping she didn't mean i sound autistic?!

Thank you x

bazajo Thu 30-Oct-14 21:50:56

BTW...I have never felt (nor anyone else) that my child sounds like me? She must be picking up on something in his language that we don't see??

PolterGhoul Fri 31-Oct-14 09:28:36

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ExsqueezeMe Fri 31-Oct-14 09:46:57

My DD is an excellent mimic as well. She has certain phrases that I say that she uses over and over again. So I guess in some sense she does sound like me.

The other day when baby DS was trying to roll over mid nappy change I said "DS you're driving me up the wall", and when i left the room to go and wash my hands i could hear her explaining to him (he's 9 months old!) in my voice that he shouldn't be upset about what I said because I wasn't really going up the wall, it's just a saying. Which is something I say to her all the time!

bazajo Fri 31-Oct-14 10:26:27

I didn't mean hoping I don't sound autistic in an offensive way...I have an autistic child shock shock I meant does she think I'm autistic shock shock which would clearly be a shock to me for someone to suggest as I'm almost 38 years old and its never been suggested before.... I don't think she did mean or like that anyway

bazajo Fri 31-Oct-14 10:28:11

thank you all for your replies... I don't notice him using my phrases? I think she was more talking about tone and acent?? but then most kids have their parents acent so perhaps it's more than that

PolterGhoul Fri 31-Oct-14 11:14:32

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zzzzz Fri 31-Oct-14 12:33:40

Interesting. I too would think she was suggesting you might be autistic too. Can you phone and ask point blank?

As for mimicking, I (probably totally erroneously) thought this was an autistic rather than Aspergers trait blush! I have NO idea who thought that??? I hadn't realised that people with Aspergers where echolalic at all shock. I assumed they chunk learnt some vocab, not parroted with tone etc.

When I say autistic rather than Aspergers, obviously people with Aspergers are autistic [daft] what I mean is I thought the echolalia was part of the language delay/disorder not part of the autism......clear as mud.

PolterGhoul Fri 31-Oct-14 13:44:31

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zzzzz Fri 31-Oct-14 14:11:14

I know that polt. As I said I wasn't aware that children with Aspergers also experienced echolalia (above and beyond normal copying/chunk learning).

PolterGhoul Fri 31-Oct-14 14:19:20

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bazajo Fri 31-Oct-14 14:24:02

yes I think I will call her Monday (she's on leave till then) and ask her what she meant by it? she will probably think I'm bonkers grin shock shock [blush

zzzzz Fri 31-Oct-14 19:21:47

They think we're bonkers anyway. Protect your own sanity by reducing worry and let them manage their theories.

GallbladderFairy Fri 31-Oct-14 20:10:24

I would say she was referring to phrasing as well. We have often been told ds sounds like an adult. His dx is aspergers.

Interesting that you didn't get the results on the day of the ados. Where we go they discuss while you wait and tell you onthe day.

bazajo Fri 31-Oct-14 22:29:53

I wish we could have the results... driving us crazy waiting! they have to go away and discuss together (the SALT and other consultant and the clinical psychologist.) then we will get an appointment to go back for results!! the SALT already told us her report which outlines significant difficulties...the waiting is driving me potty confused confused confused angry angry I feel like I'm losing my mind trying to second guess the outcome?...

TheFirstOfHerName Fri 31-Oct-14 22:37:32

DS2 has Asperger's. He has a very good ear for music, and also accents. He doesn't mimic me, but has been put on the g&t list for French due to being able to say everything exactly the way he hears it.

TheFirstOfHerName Fri 31-Oct-14 22:39:24

He also does echolalia, usually with a particular word, sound or phrase that is to his liking. Thankfully, this has got a lot less frequent with age.

TheFirstOfHerName Fri 31-Oct-14 22:41:55

In my experience of DS2 (all three parts of the triad of impairment quite noticeable, no verbal delay), the echolalia is a sensory, self-stimulating thing rather than a verbal development thing.

Tunna Sat 01-Nov-14 03:54:30

FWIW my Salt put in her report that DS spoke in a non local accent, I where I come from the accent is as broad as it comes (Scouse). It wasn't something I had picked up on, yet listening to him, I did notice he did have a different way of certain words and sounds. I guess it could be a variation of echolalia, picked up from TV rather than peers or family.

bazajo Mon 03-Nov-14 20:28:42

hi guys

update for you! I called the clinical psychologist today and asked her outright! and no....she dosent think I'm autistic lol grin grin she meant my son uses large blocks of language which sound just like me. very adult like and same accent and exact same way as me.

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