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Anyone elses' little one do this? (ASD)

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pandyandy2 Tue 16-Feb-16 18:19:54

Hi for many reasons I think my son is on the Autistic Spectrum but one thing he does I'm not sure is a trait or not (though I do know it's different as I have other children) so wondered if I could get peoples' thoughts?

My DS is 3 with a speech and language delay and is not echolalic in the sense that he repeats what people say or phrases from the TV etc...however he repeats a lot of what HE says!
For example if he needs the toilet, he will say 'loo mayee (mummy) , loo mayee, loo mayee' over and over even though I will acknowledge with something like 'come on let's go to the loo then.'
And sometimes if he doesn't like something he will say 'no like dat mayee, no like dat mayee, no like dat mayee' (again even though I respond) and sometimes I can even just see him watching the TV on his own, looking directly at the TV but uttering 'no like dat mayee' and the not liking could've been 30 minutes ago???
I have many other examples but won't go on.

Is this something your little one does or do you think my little man is just pleased to be able to use short phases as it's only just something he's mastering?

Thank you in advance!


AntiquityReRises Wed 17-Feb-16 09:34:51

I watched a YouTube video a while back by someone on the spectrum and she mentioned self-echolalia so I'd say it's a definite possibility. I'll see if I can find it.

AntiquityReRises Wed 17-Feb-16 09:46:18 Around 4:40 on there she mentions a little bit. The whole thing is interesting tho!

pandyandy2 Thu 18-Feb-16 14:36:22

Thank you for that link, what an interesting watch! x

PhilPhilConnors Thu 18-Feb-16 14:42:07

Yes, my 5 yr old does that sometimes.
No diagnosis, but we're at the "have suspicions" stage.
It happens more when he's anxious about something.

pandyandy2 Thu 18-Feb-16 14:56:07

One of my son's fave phrases to repeat when he wants you to do something for him is 'elp meee' obviously for 'help me.'
But even though I respond he can sometimes say it several times.
So there's the odd time in ie the supermarket or public toilets etc when he can be heard saying 'elp meee, elp meee, elp meee!' I think god if people can hear, they'll think i'm strangling him haha (-:

Like the clip suggests, must be like a comforting/stimulating/processing thing xx

Chocolatdreams Mon 22-Feb-16 10:30:18

Hi my ds does this but he is echolalic from books and TV shows too. He says 'put it in the bin 10 times while he puts something in the bin lol. Or 'dry hands in towel 10 times while he does it. I think he likes how it sounds and it helps him process what he is doing. We haven't had a diagnosis yet. And he only does it for those 2 things. I think it's mostly he likes how it sounds cos most things he echos I think this is the reason.

DimpleHands Thu 25-Feb-16 18:52:15

Yes my DS aged 3 does this - he has an ASD diagnosis.

pandyandy2 Fri 26-Feb-16 18:33:57

I mentioned it to my DS specialist language teacher (from the SALT unit where he recieves outreach support) but she just thought it was my son's exploration of language. I didn't mention ASD trait but neither did she?


BlackeyedSusan Fri 26-Feb-16 20:47:05

the repeating himself was picked up on in ds's assesments for autism.

pandyandy2 Sat 27-Feb-16 17:37:54

Thank you for replies!

Very helpful xx

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