Is echolalia a common symptom of pdd?

Yes. Echolalia is normal in you infants and may occur in a few other disorders, mostly language delay, but it is especially common in autism and other forms of pdd. It can be both immediate (echoing back something just said) and delayed (echoing a word or phrase from an earlier time such as from a watching a movie. In some, it is quite elaborate, including not just words but tone and gestures too.
Yes. Echolalia is common in pdd, especially in full-blown autism as compared to autistic spectrum difficulties.

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How do you stop echolalia. My child has PDD & is very sad to hear him repeat everything?

It is not easy. Behavior modification using rewards can help extinguish behavior. A strategy to substitute an acceptable behavior may work. Physical reminders, like wearing a rubber band on the wrist and snapping it when repetition starts can serve as a reminder to stop. Learning to mouth words rather than speaking them may be a step. Consult an autism behavior specialist to design an individualized plan. Read more...

My son is 3 and has pdd-nos. He scripts from tv shows sometimes but uses it mostly in context. Is this considered echolalia?

Most likely. It sounds as if you are describing a form of echolalia-or repetition of words or phrases spoken by another. The face that is it 'mostly in context' makes it subject to interpretation. Have you discussed this with his doctor? Providing a recorded or written narrative of his speech could illustrate your son's speech and make it easier for the doctor to answer your quetion. Read more...
PDD-NOS is an out- dated diagnosis, now Autistic Spectrum Disorder 1 in the DSM-V. Scripting is delayed echolalia. Used to communicate needs, desires or feelings, it's a step toward social communication. An evaluation by your school district's Child Find Team should confer eligibility for Early Childhood Special Education. If possible, augment this with private ABA, Speech/Language & Occupational Therapies. Read more...