Pookie’s echolalia has been a little wacky recently. He’s manipulating his scripts into new directions based on what is happening around him.
He’s on purposely messing them up so that Geetle corrects him sending them both off into a fit of hysterics.
The one thing we are still getting quite a bit of is repeating the question in the answer. Such as, “Do you want to go for a ride in the car?” “Yes. Go for a ride in the car.”
We have been tickled with the amount of out of the blue things that he just decides to tell us, though. So amidst all of the echolalia there is a ton of totally real, totally independent language going on.
This afternoon we were going to go for a ride to the river to see if we could see any big blocks of ice fall over the dam.
We asked him, “Do you want to go for a ride in the car?”
He replied, “Yes.”
And that was it.
I seriously cannot remember that ever happening the first time we asked him a question. We both paused waiting for the rest but he just headed over to put on his winter gear.
In the car, BAGM was joking with the kids when they were asking where we were going (this was after the river – we decided to go to IHOP), she said, “Do you want to go to the doctor and get shots?”
Pookie said, “No.”
He kept doing this off and on the rest of the night. I have no idea where it came from but it seems to be a real, new language development.
Actually, I do have an idea where it comes from. Pookie is getting much more confidant about his opinions and his ability to express them.
So, when he responds, I think he doesn’t need to use repeating the question in his response as a crutch while he sorts through what was really asked and what his response will be.
He just answers.