Re: Echolalia...is this a sure sign?
Hi, TXChica. I'm a speech therapist who works with little ones. It's hard to know because I haven't met your child. Sometimes kids use echolalia because they know they're supposed to say *something* back to you, but they can't prepare a response nearly fast enough. So they just say what you just said. It's a whole lot easier and faster. Sometimes echolalia is symptomatic of a more complex issue like autism spectrum disorders. Take it step by step. Maybe try giving him some choices rather than open-ended questions and see if he still repeats you. This would indicate that he does comprehend and it's just difficult for him to generate and formulate verbal responses still. So, for example, "Bobby, do you want Cheerios or Corn Flakes? - only that, see how simple? - vs. "What cereal do you want today?" That makes him have to remember the names and form a sentence to tell you in a speedy fashion. You can do this with clothing choices, foods, anything around the house or your daily life. This can help his vocabulary and grammar gradually grow in a supportive way. OK, enough chatter from me!
Good question. Please follow up and let me know how you and he are doing!