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I've seen some of you mention is before, and I don't think I've ever understood it. But now I'm wondering if it's what Connor is doing.
Connor has Apraxia, and uses sign mostly for his expressive speech. He is starting to speak now, but it's very...odd. He speaks mostly in phrases (as opposed to sigining which he does single words at a time). For example, he'll do spontaneous "I love you too" instead of just "I love you" I think this is because when he learned the sign for "I love you" we always responded by saying "I love you too!" So now he doesn't know how to initiate it, you know? He'll walk up to me and out of the blue say "I love you too mama!"
He spontaneously blurts out "mama guess what" but when I say "what Connor" he has no idea how to answer me. He is just copying what his big brother says ("mama guess what we did at school today...guess what I saw at the park...guess what I ate for lunch") It's as if Connor thinks "mama guess what" is a greeting, you know?
All day long he is repeating almost everything his brother says, but he's only repeating. In order to initiate a conversation, he has to use his signs. He can't seem to initiate a conversation verbally. Whenever he does initiate verbally, it's some sort of "scripted" (for lack of a better word) phrase.
So in sign, he can initiate a conversation, change topics, interrupt me, interject in his brother's conversation, etc...all the "normal" language. But verbally, he speaks in these...pre-programmed...phrases.
What is this? Is it a form of scripting? is it just an effect of his verbal speech delay?
Mommy to BigBoy Ian (3-17-05) ; LittleBoy Connor (3-3-07) (DiGeorge/VCFS):; BabyBoy Gavin (10-3-09) x3 AngelBaby (1-7-06)