This has been worrying me for months! My 25 month old DS has lots of echolalia, both immediate and delayed. The immediate echolalia has decreased significantly in the last month. The delayed echolalia is sometimes in context, for example "We're going down the pyramid!"(a line from a Dora episode) while walking down the stairs in our house. And sometimes the delayed echolalia is totally out of context - from the carseat he'll start reciting a book we read last night.
He will parallel play with kids his own age, but he prefers adults and children ages 6 and up. He does have poor motor skills and is a picky eater. But otherwise, he is a happy, bubbly, social, outgoing kid who says hi to everyone. He has lots of novel speech and he asks and answers questions. If someone is crying he will say things like "It's ok, don't be sad" and "we have to help her" So I don't think he has issues with empathy. Could he still be on the autism spectrum? I can convince myself that he is fine one day, but then my daycare provider seems to be very concerned about the language issues so the next day I am worried again!
Is this normal at 25 months? Has anyone else had a child like this that ended up on the spectrum?