Autism and Echolalia: 4 Tips for Using it Productively

By Karen Kabaki-Sisto, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist Johnny is repeating words out of context that he has heard someone else say some time ago. The adult near him thinks, “Oh, he’s just ‘scripting’” and then turns to Johnny and says, “Johnny, you have to use your words.” But what if Johnny doesn’t have adequate words to use? It’s like if you were stranded in Mexico with only limited knowledge of Spanish that you learned for only two years of high school. You would have to rely on ‘catch phrases’ that you’ve heard before, … [Read more...]