Not a real one, of course - but the little guy I babysit. He was 3 in January. It's making dd and I bonkers ! I don't think there's much we can do, however I thought I would appeal for whatever advice I could. He repeats EVERYTHING! All.the.time. And if you don't acknowledge him by saying it back to him, he just repeats it again. Over. And over. And over. And over.
For instance: "Z, time for lunch." "Time for lunch?" I stay quiet. "Time for lunch?" I stay quiet. "Time for lunch?" And repeat.
And then sometimes he does it anyway.
Example: "Z, time for lunch." Time for lunch?" "Yes, time for lunch." "Time for lunch?" "Yes, it is time for lunch." And repeat.
Usually, I can cope....though today's been a bit rough. Dd is almost 4 and she's hitting her frustration point. She says, "Z, want to color?" "Want to color?" "Yeah, want to color?" "Color?" (Screaming) "I just sayed that already!!!!"
Thoughts? I realize this is age appropriate and a stage, but, um, this has been a LONG phase....for like 8 months or so now.
Could there possibly be a developmental issue? Look into Echolalia(I believe is what it is called). I honestly know nothing about it but have heard of it before. I've never had any of my kids or nieces/nephews(I have 11) do this. My middle son got to the point where he would say something and then I would repeat it correctly to make sure he understood the proper way to say something-and for a while he would repeat it until I acknowledged he said something-but that is different than what this little guy is doing since you are actually answering him.
Cassie, mom to Alex(4/7/05), Aidan(7/12/07), and Andrew(8/18/08)