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Sk8boarder15, I think these kids would get along smashingly smile.gif In our house, the Gabba character of choice is Foofa. Although tonight Muno got a turn in the spotlight. My daughter decided to color her stuffed Muno doll's teeth with blue crayon and then attempt to brush his teeth. LOL she is a funny child.

 

 

Hahaha! Foofa used to be my sons FAVEORITE. We got him a foofa toy for christmas and he loved it so much for a long time. Just this week it switched to brobee and brobee must do EVERYTHING mark does. "Bush brobee teeth!" "Brobee night night" "Brobee in mama car!" Its all brobee all the time all the sudden. :) 

post #22 of 29
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 Also, it seems to be more common in abnormal echolalia that the child would repeat entire conversations that she has heard, as opposed to single lines from a show or songs.
 

Now this comment has me worried, because this morning my DD repeated a conversation in the car that we'd had that morning-- not verbatim, granted, nor terribly long, but it went something like this: "Ainsley, go lay down and go to sleep.... But I'm not tired!" Pardon my neuroses at work, ladies! I guess she was just talking out loud about what had happened earlier in the day? (Ugh we had a horrid night, she got up at 2 am and again at 4 am, and she NEVER does that.)

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Now this comment has me worried, because this morning my DD repeated a conversation in the car that we'd had that morning-- not verbatim, granted, nor terribly long, but it went something like this: "Ainsley, go lay down and go to sleep.... But I'm not tired!" Pardon my neuroses at work, ladies! I guess she was just talking out loud about what had happened earlier in the day? (Ugh we had a horrid night, she got up at 2 am and again at 4 am, and she NEVER does that.)

 

No, repeating conversations is not worrisome. What kids with autism do is that the use bits of conversation in place of real conversation. so, if you ask a child who does this if they're ready, they may always reply "ready to roll" which is a phrase they got from a TV show. If you're going in a car, it might be appropriate. If you're asking them to brush their teeth or go to bed or have dinner, it's not. So, they don't change the language to fit the situation.

 

Children on the spectrum do learn things as scripts -- in fact it's one of the ways to help them learn social language. But again, they need scripts, they can't do the spontaneous language easily. Your daughter can.

 

My very verbal, definitely not at all on the autism spectrum child, repeated conversations. She's 8 now. Instead of repeating conversations, she's writing stories with dialogue.

 

To paraphrase Jung, "sometimes repetition is just repetition". My advice? STOP using Dr. Google and enjoy your daughter.

post #24 of 29

Repeating is a part of how language develops in normal kids.  The problem is when kids get stuck in repeating and fail to create spontaneous and meaningful speech.  A lot of toddlers go through a phase of mostly repeating words, and you have to just wait it out to see if they start saying their own thoughts and feelings. 

 

My younger son had some weirdness with echolalia and saying random video quotes out of nowhere, but he can also express his thoughts and desires very clearly and make jokes and invent songs and rhymes, so he is fine. 

post #25 of 29

I would say it's very normal, especially when later playing with dolls etc. As others said, repetition is a normal way of learning language. 

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Thanks guys smile.gif And Lynn, you are so right about Dr Google.
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Thanks guys smile.gif And Lynn, you are so right about Dr Google.

 

Yes, I do believe Dr. google once diagnosed my daughter with Rocky Mountain spotted fever! (no, she didn't have it, wasn't even close. It was/is ezcema.)

post #28 of 29
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As long as she is creating novel utterances and is able to answer questions (Which toy do you want to bring to the park? My teddy bear) rather than repeating them back to you (Which toy do you want? Which toy do you want?) and she is progressing normally in other areas, I would say you can stop worrying.
 

My 22-month old will occasionally inappropriately repeat back things that I say to him as in the "Which toy do you want?" example above.  I had chalked it up to all the times he gets smiles and applause for learning a new word (example....  me: "This is a tiger.  Can you say 'tiger'?  Tiii-gerrr."  DS: "tiger"  me: "yay! Tiger!"). 

 

I can't think of a good example right now, but I don't think he's ever repeated a sentence as long as "Which toy do you want?", though.  More along the lines of things like "Let's go" and "get ready".  I didn't realize this was a possible issue and I'll keep an eye on it.

 

OP, your DD sounds normal to me from what I remember from my DD.

post #29 of 29
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Yes, I do believe Dr. google once diagnosed my daughter with Rocky Mountain spotted fever! (no, she didn't have it, wasn't even close. It was/is ezcema.)

Haha!! That's ok, I once diagnosed my daughter with retinoblastoma because she had white pupils in a picture I took. Turns out it was the LED camera on my smartphone redface.gif
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