What is Echolalia, Echopraxia : Toddlers Speech Disorder?
What is Echolalia, Echopraxia: Toddl
• Echolalia – “Do I hear myself?”
• Echolalia is the stereotyped repetition of words or phrases of other
persons. Echolalia is present in Autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, in disorders
in growth, schizophrenia, and occasionally in other forms of
psychopathology. If echolalia is not made voluntarily, then it is considered
a tic. It is also known as echopraxia. First time we mentioned echolalia in 2
years old was in our article about coprolalia.
• Previous studies indicate that this disorder occurs in 75-80 percent
of children with autism, and there are two types of echolalia, echopraxia:
• Immediate echolalia – when a word or phrase is immediately repeated. In
some cases of autism or Asperger Syndrome it can be a way of getting the
time to understand the language. So, for example, if you ask a child, “Do
you want to eat?” First response is echopraxia, and the child repeats: “Do
you want to eat?”. This is followed by a short pause, and then the child
replies: “Yes, what’s to eat?”
• Delayed echolalia – described as repeating words or phrases after a while.
It means the repetition of words or phrases that the child had previously
learned, and which fits in normal speech or repeats without any sense.
The child can repeat an advertising on television, favorite lines from
movies, parent’s warnings…
Echolalia Definition – Echopraxia
• Echopraxia doesn’t always indicate a disorder in speech
and language development. But if parents notice that their
child speech differs from speaking of its peers, or a child
without any meaning repeats their questions rather than to
answer, or repeats the whole phrase or sentence from the
cartoons – which disrupts the normal flow of
communication, or seem to speak only to itself, etc. – it is
essential to consult a therapist as soon as possible.
• As already stated, echolalia is an integral part of speech
and language development until the second year, when
repeated or echolalic sentences should be increasingly
replaced by independent kids thoughts. If this does not
happen, but the number echolalic symptoms increases or
does not decrease, parents should seek the advice and
assistance of experts.
Echolalia Treatment – Echopraxia
• As soon as parents notice the slightest changes in the speech of
their child, they should contact the speech therapist. If echolalic
speech perpetuate after the second year, it is necessary to turn to
the help of experts at the Institute for Experimental Phonetics and
Speech Pathology, where echolalia treatment is organized on the
principles of treatment of the KSAF system. It is important to note
that echopraxia rarely occurs as an isolated disorder, but as a part
of other disorders (such as autism, in most cases). Therefore, it is
essential that the problem is diagnosed on time and as early as
possible to begin the treatment of echolalia.
• IDear parents, we know how hard it is to be objective when it
comes to your children, and how often you are able to “close your
eyes” before any problem. However, listen to the advice of well-
intentioned friends and seek help if you notice in your child any
deviation in speech and language development. For healthy and
happy children will tomorrow be happy and prosperous people.
Better to be safe than sorry.
• This article was about echopraxia treatment
and echolalia definition.