Delayed Echolalia Report

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Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech (e.g., simple motor stereotypies, lining up toys or flipping objects, echolalia, idiosyncratic phrases) is listed under section B, part one under the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements will vary depending on age and cognitive functioning. Hand flapping, spinning, rocking, walking on his/her toes are examples of stereotypical or repetitive motor movements. Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements can be verbal or non-verbal, fine or gross motor oriented and simple or complex. In one study of 121 children with ASD it was found that…show more content…
Research states that echolalia will usually peak when a typically developing child reaches approximately 30 months of age and dramatically decreases by the age of three. Echolalia remains a frequently misunderstood and mismanaged characteristic of autism. Researchers have established that echolalia has functions for people with autism such as coping strategies and or to initiates social contact. Delayed Echolalia is difficult to operationally define and differentiate from spontaneous speech (Roberts…show more content…
He or she will use a word or phrase referring to something which is unrelated or irrelevant. For example a child with ASD my associate going to the baseball field with their dad. He/she may then say “dad” to request going to the baseball field. Atypical language and communication have been associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) since Kanner (1943) first gave the name autism to the disorder. The broad and conflicting definitions used in diagnostic instruments for ASD, however, can lead to difficulty distinguishing the language peculiarities associated with autism (Black, Roark, Jan Van Santen & Prud’hommeaux, 2011). It is not clear whether children with ASD are instigating similar topic changes or pursing idiosyncratic direction in their narratives and conversations consistent with their restricted interest (Prud’hommeaux, Rouhizadeh, Santen, Sproat

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