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Echolalia In Non Autistic Kids
Immediate echo-: lalia is repeating words or phrases just heard. Delayed echolalia is repeating "snippets" heard previously, often from a video or TV show. Repeating what a person said previously can be part of typical language development at 8-20 months, if used in appropriate play or to communicate a feeling or need. Joint attention precedes reciprocal social communication. "It Takes Two to Talk' is a good book. ...Read more
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
Dev. Ped suspects son has autism due to echolalia and little spontaneous speech. He does come to me with arms outstretched to be picked up. Autism?
Theory of Mind (ToM): Many children & teens with iq's >70 & mild autism desire friendships, but ?ed tom (ability to understand that others may have a different point of view) gets in the way. Put candy in an obvious, empty band-aid box &, with dad elsewhere, ask your son, "what will dad think is in this box?" if he says, "candy, " (because that's what he knows is in the box), social skills group therapy can help him. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Child Psychiatrists: The best overall education and training for special needs children is the route offered by the training curricula for child psychiatrists. It takes an interest in biological, psychological and socialogical components to get the wholistic picture of the challenges facing special needs children. Down's syndrome, autism, tbi, as well as the more typical psychiatric disorders have come through my door. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible,not certain: It is possible but not certain. Often high functioning children with autism are aware that they are socially awkward, but don't know what to do about it. They also really want friends, but may have none because of their social problems. So they may develop anxiety/depressive disorders. Therapy/social skills groups can help as well as purposefully finding environments in which the child can thrive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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