The Right Professional for Communication Disorders

Parents sometimes ask themselves, “Is my child progressing normally with speech” or “does my child have a communication disorder”?  Children advance with communication at different rates, with some starting slowly and others seemingly developing spoken language overnight.  It can be hard to know if a child needs assistance.  Over time, a body of research has…

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What is Echolalia? Does it Serve a Purpose?

Many individuals on the autism spectrum use echolalia, which is the repetition of another’s speech that occurs either immediately, or even later, after the original production.  According to Barry Prizant (1987) echolalia is characteristic of least 85% of children with autism who acquire speech.  Though it has been suggested that this verbal behavior should be…

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