Echolalia: That’s What She Said
Musings of an Aspie on echolalia. I was well into my own ASD diagnosis and acceptance journey before I realized echolalia was even ‘a thing’ for me. Mine pops up a lot when I’m tired or emotional (or both). This is an excellent bit of work breaking down echolalia from the inside. Enjoy!
When my daughter Jess was a toddler, we had a set of board books about the Disney Babies, which were the “baby” versions of Mickey, Minnie and Donald. Jess loved these books. For months, every night we had to read her the Disney Baby books at bedtime. The opening line of one of the books was
“It’s a bright sunny day. The Disney Babies go out to play.”
How do I remember that? Because to this day, I’ll still occasionally walk outside and say, “It’s a bright sunny day” and if The Scientist is around he’ll reply with some variation of “Mickey and Minnie go out to play.”
Yes, he remembers it wrong but that’s not my point. My point is that this is what delayed echolalia looks like in someone who has functional language skills. More than twenty years later, I associate that story with good feelings. Reading it…
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