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…

Does Your Child Use Echolalia?

By Anne Russell Bramlett, MS, CCC/SLP Many of our children 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.  In the past,…