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A 37-year-old female asked:

Can delayed echolalia be a cause of something other than autism in a 4 yr old?

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Dr. Alan Mease
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not necessarily bad!: Echolalia is also a part of normal language development. This phase begins around 18 months of age when a child has mastered imitating words and is just beginning to imitate phrases. Echolalia peaks around 30 months of age, and declines by the time a toddler turns 3. Delayed echolalia is the repetition of words or phrases that are echoed after the fact. Autism spectrum must be considered!
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Dr. Alan Mease
Dr. Alan Mease commented
Pediatrics 49 years experience
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See someone with experience in diagnosing autism spectrum disorders and a good speech therapist!
Oct 14, 2013
Dr. Marie Trenga
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Needs evaluation: Delayed echolalia can be signs of other disorder. In the us if you have concerns about a developmental delay that may affect learning, your school district is required to perform an evaluation at no charge
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