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Does Phrase Speech Ever Turn into Fluent Speech

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DimpleHands Tue 04-Aug-15 14:15:42

DS is 2.8 and has ASD.

He starting speaking late (I think his first word was at 19 months) but having had ABA for the last year he now has hundreds of words. He speaks either in single words or set phrases he has learnt (like "let's go home", "help me", "where's [ ]", 'pick me up", "let's go", "here it is", "don't want it", "want some", "big truck", etc, etc.

He seems unable to form even the most basic sentences on his own - just uses the most appropriate set phrase he can think of. He has no concept of "me" or "you" and has a lot of echolalia (e.g. if you say to him "bye Tom" he will say "bye Tom" back to you, rather than using your own name). His use of language is definitely abnormal.

His understanding has definitely come on but it's no where near like other children his age.

I was wondering if anyone else's child was like this and has gone on to have fluent speech? I know I should be grateful he is speaking at all and I am! I am just wondering really.

adrianna22 Tue 04-Aug-15 14:27:14

I could be wrong. But I think it could be due to his understanding of language... This has to be the main focus.., work on his use of understanding language. If you type ok Google: teachmetotalk.com, and go on the site, there is some useful
Information on there.

zzzzz Tue 04-Aug-15 16:17:25

Yes. My child is/was similar. He can make his own sentences now (10) though is nowhere near fluent. I would be hopeful but aware that language delay and disorder doesn't resolve (well that's my experience and what I've read). We have had massive improvement year on year.
Be very aware that he will need help to exercise the rest of his brain or get very bored.

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