Thursday, April 17, 2014

Echolalia

One of the very first things Will and I noticed, and questioned, about Max was his constant repitition of sounds.  He would go into another "world" which now we call "Max world" and repeat the same set of sounds over and over for up to 5 to 10 minutes.  Sometimes he would rock while making the sounds, other times he would be playing with cars, other times he would be standing alone.

What Max was doing is called Echolalia.  Or Echoing.  It has been reported that up to 75% of verbal persons with autism can exhibit echolalia in some form.

His echoing has become clearer in the last few months as he has gained more words.  So typically he will end a long string of sounds with a word he knows.  For example "ba da ba la ba ba ba Car" or "ba da ba la ba pppp Tire."  

Here is a video of Max Echoing:
video


-Tiff




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