Echolalia as a Communicative Strategy: A Kleefstra-syndrome Case Study

Echolalia – immediate or delayed – is the stereotyped and mechanical repetition of words and phrases produced by others

Greta Mazzaggio

1983

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  • Echolalia – immediate or delayed – is the stereotyped and mechanical repetition of words and phrases produced by others
  • Experts used to view echolalia as a defect to eliminate; current research has shown that often imitation may serve a purpose for children with linguistic deficits
  • This study’s goal is to assess whether echolalia has communicative value; such purpose is achieved through the analysis of spontaneous speech and delayed echoes uttered by a 13- years-old boy officially diagnosed with Kleefstra Syndrome
  • Based on the functional categories described by Prizant, we analyzed the echolalic speech produced by this teen with the aim of demonstrating the pragmatic value behind those repetitions

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