Many toddlers with language delays have difficulty learning to answer questions. If your child is not consistently answering this question, practice often with words you know he can say across different contexts. Toddlers also begin to answer questions by making verbal choices. Offer choices for everything throughout the day.
Echolalia is one of the characteristics sometimes noted in children with autism. The silver lining in this is that echolalia is actually a positive sign that children with autism may eventually be able to learn to use language to communicate.
Echolalia is also a part of normal language development. This phase begins around 18 months of age when a child has mastered imitating words and is just beginning to imitate phrases. Experts tell us that echolalia peaks around 30 months of age, and declines significantly by the time a toddler turns three.
This coincides with a child becoming conversational and truly beginning to talk on his own, generating his own original thoughts, asking new questions, and responding to questions appropriately.
In children with autism, echolalia occurs with greater frequency and lasts for a longer period of time than it does in children with typically developing language. For example, a child with typically developing language may be able to quote a few phrases from a favorite TV show, sing a song, or learn to count to ten by rote.
First of all, children with apraxia begin speech therapy with very poor imitation skills. Although it is true with apraxia that children can come up with spontaneous utterances better than imitated ones, this is not usually the case once they have been in therapy for a while.
It may be easier to pull out a tried-and-true phrase or sentence than learn a whole new one. Echolalia is classified as immediate echolalia or delayed echolalia.
Immediate echolalia is the repetition of words or phrases that occur immediately or very soon after the original words are spoken. Delayed echolalia is the repetition of words or phrases that are echoed after the fact, even hours, days, weeks, or months later.
Professionals used to view echolalia as something that should be eliminated. However, current researchers tell us that many times echolalic speech can serve a purpose for children with autism.
In these cases echolalia is representative of the way these children process information. Children who learn this way also process the sensory and emotional components of the event.
Every time he said this, he repeated it in just the way she originally said it to him, beginning shortly after Thanksgiving and lasting well into January. Sometimes echolalia does not serve an identifiable purpose. I try to teach parents with children who seem to be stuck in echolalia to look at this as an opportunity for us to know exactly what he or she is having difficulty learning.
Echolalia can serve a purpose for us. For example, the child who is walking around aimlessly quoting a movie or book may need help in finding an appropriate activity, or he may be feeling stressed or anxious and use this routine to calm himself.
A child who repeats a question needs help learning the meaning of the words so he can accurately process the question, or he may need specific cues to learn exactly how to answer.
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