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Echolalia is the repetition of vocalisations made by another person. A 1983 report indicated that up to 75% of verbal people with autism have some form of echolalia.[1] Two major types of Echolalia have been identified: immediate echolalia and delayed echolalia.

People with echolalia repeat noises and phrases that they hear. They may not be able to communicate effectively because they struggle to express their own thoughts. For example, if asked a question, they might be able only to repeat the question rather than answer it.

Cynthia Kim has written in detail about the uses of echolalia.[2]


  1. Prizant, B.M. (1983). Echolalia of autistic individuals: Assessment and intervention issues. Seminars in Speech and Language, 4, 63-77. Summarized from Heffner, Gary J. Echolalia and Autism, The Autism Home Page: Echolalia Facts. July 2000. Retrieved 1 December 2006.
  2. Musings of an Aspie]