Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Echolaliac Pearls of Wisdom: Episode 1

For those of you with children on the spectrum who are verbal, you don’t need me to tell you what echolalia is. For those of you just popping by who don’t know what I am talking about, let me enlighten you.

People on the autistic spectrum often have phenomenal photographic and auditory memories. Some, such as my son, can watch a movie or TV show only once and repeat back every line of dialogue. For my son and others I know, there was a time when this was his main form of speech, though now he has functional speech too.

Echolalia can be comforting to people on the spectrum. I think it can also be a method of communication too. In my case, my son now pulls random quotes from his memory files and uses them in context, often with hilarious results. (Though sometimes it can still be like the “who’s on first” bit from Rainman!)

I thought it would be fun to share some of the Prince’s finer Echolaliac Pearls of Wisdom. I invite you to do the same with gems from your children too. Just submit to comments below.

Pearl 1:
I was giving the Prince a bath. He hates to have his hair washed. As I was washing his hair he said, “I just have one question for you, is this covered by my HMO?”

Source: there are two actually. Source 1: Muppets from Space (a favorite movie of his) An evil scientist tries to do a “brain extraction” on Gonzo and this line is what Gonzo says. Source 2: GFCF Mommy herself. How many times has the Prince heard me ask this question of therapy providers!

(Pearl photo courtesy of PBS, Nova)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh I think these are so funny! My 4 year old with autism is a total Thomas fanatic. It is not unusual for him to alert me to my younger daughters naughtiness with a very solemn " you have caused confusion and delay".

This is the phrase that Sir Topham Hat uses in many episodes to lecture his trains when they have caused trouble.

Our favorite part is that my son ( of course) does not change the pronoun to indicate that she has caused the difficulty but instead gives the effect that I have caused the confusion and delay by the act of birthing such a troubling younger sister.