This is actually a diagnostic criteria for autism called “echolalia”. Both verbal and non-verbal children may do it. It seems odd coming from a child that doesn’t speak otherwise because it’s obvious they have the ability to speak but won’t speak on their own in their own words. Some children with echolalia are so good… Continue reading Why do many kids with autism repeat/echo words and phrases?
Speech and language are acquired through social interaction and mimicking social patters with nonverbal language in typically developing children. The learner with autism faces deficits in language acquisition largely due to social impairment, including joint attention. Children with autism prefer internal stimuli, as the prefix “aut” indicates, meaning “self”. They are not pressed to interact… Continue reading Speech and Language Acquisition for the Autistic Learner