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What is echolalia?

Joane Goodroe
Nursing Specialist

Echolalia is the repetition of words that is often seen in autism. A child repeats a word or phrase which was just spoken. This technique may be a substitute for a child to use until the information can be adequately processed and an appropriate response formulated. This repetition may also be used as a way for the person to attempt to participate in a conversation.

Sarine Salama
Sarine Salama on behalf of MDLIVE
Psychology Specialist

In regards to autism, echolalia is usually seen in children with Asperger's. These children can speak but typically display echolalic behaviors. Speech therapy as well as early intervention can help the child overcome this challenge.

*Asperger syndrome, or Asperger's, is a term that is no longer used as a formal diagnosis. In current diagnostic criteria, the syndrome is included under the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

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