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Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)
Echolalia is typical behaviour.... to a point. Can it be a sign of a child with autism? Sure. But echolalia doesn't mean a child has autism. Most children go through a period of echolalia, it's part of the development of speech. Does she ALWAYS repeat things, or does she speak sometimes and repeat other times? Are you seeing any other signs of autism?
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Typical kids do go through echolalia as part of their language development. To be honest, though, the repeating the question word for word and not responding with yes and repeating tone sound a lot more spectrumy than typical.
It took my spectrum child forever to answer with yes.
If at home you say "do you want a peach or broccoli" how does she answer? If she says the question word for word back to you without answering which she wants and never says she wants one or the other I'd be thinking this is outside of the range of typical for a three year old. At three she should be able to have a simple back and forth conversation with you. If she's doing this only with strangers I wouldn't worry.
Since you said you wonder about some other aspects too here is a little assessment. It can give an idea of whether a child might be on the spectrum but of course can only tell you to look closer/isn't definite. http://www.childbrain.com/pddassess.html
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