Speech Disfluency in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Re: Palilalia

From: Vivian Sisskin
Date: 14 Oct 2007
Time: 22:31:56 -0500
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Deanna, I would agree that palilalia is a repetition of one’s own speech and echolalia is a repetition of another’s speech. I am not an expert in treating clients with palilalia. There are some excellent articles in Seminars in Speech and Language, Volume 24, 2004 that would be helpful. That issue was devoted to the topic of verbal perseveration. However, I have treated many children with echolalia. In most cases, the echolalia served a function and was not “involuntary”. Some forms of echolalia served as requests, affirmations, or ways to obtain attention. In other cases, delayed echolalia (repetition of scripts, books/videos) seemed to be a form of entertainment or an anxiety reducer, for example, repetition of directives from others (“use your words”, “sit in your chair”).

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