Originally Posted by micromama
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.