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20 Apr 2015, 7:38 am

Hopefully I'm not being a pest, but I'm learning.
Information on a certain autistic traits only seems to pertains to children, as if autism is just something you grow out of. Thus, the only references to ecolalia seem to relate to children. Do autistic adults just stop doing this? I didn't even know this was a factor, and wondered why the hell I do it involuntarily. It's usually in relation to inane social conversation - someone will say "hey how's it going?" And before I can even formulate a sensible response, I've just repeated it back to them exactly, because I'm expected to say something right away. Same goes for "Hi how are you?" Rinse, repeat. Pointlessly prattling back "fine thank you how are you today?" Just doesn't occur quick enough (plus I'm hardly ever fine, and registering that I'm expected to routinely lie about it doesn't occur immediately either). People give me weird looks and respond as if I'm stupid.
Anyone continue doing this into adulthood? Strategies on how to stop doing it/get around this?


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20 Apr 2015, 9:21 am

People often talk like autism only affects children, but it doesn't. Pretty much all the traits you see described in autistic children are seen in adults too.

I've met several echolalic autistic adults or older adolescents, so I can assure you that it does happen.



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20 Apr 2015, 11:18 am

I don't do that in particular (because I've scripted replies, and if I reply with any I reply with scripted replies). I however am echolalic, and the other autistic adults I know include people a lot more echolalic than me.


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20 Apr 2015, 11:35 am

I'm somewhat echolalic, and I often worry that people think I'm weird or retarded because of it. :(



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20 Apr 2015, 11:55 am

I do this too.



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20 Apr 2015, 12:06 pm

Sometimes I repeat what I say, sometimes.


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20 Apr 2015, 2:25 pm

Same here...especially when nervous or in other agitated state.


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20 Apr 2015, 2:33 pm

I still have echolalia.


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