This might be a little scattered because my 1.5 year old is about to wake up
My DD is four years old, and I still see a significant amount of what I think would be considered "functional delayed echolalia." I know that echolalia is a normal part of language development and that it peaks around age 30 months, but at what age should you stop seeing it? I've been trying to learn more about it.
My DD was diagnosed with SPD, but I'm concerned that there's more going on. She's always been very verbal, and she is capable of spontaneous conversation, but I feel like I hear more echolalic speech from her than from other kids her age. Sometimes it's incorporated into imaginative play, but not always. She also has an amazing rote memory.
The main red flags that I'm seeing are the echolalia, outbursts that seem to be a result of her SPD and some inflexibility around disrupting routines. When she was younger she engaged in some repetitive behaviors like lining up toys, but she doesn't really do that any more. She's also always required less sleep than other kids her age.
I've thought about the possibility of Asperger's or high-functioning autism, but the areas that throw me off are imaginative play (she engages very well) and social skills. She is very social and actively seeks out other kids to play with, but sometimes she seems quirkier than her peers.
I'm going to talk to her pedi about my concerns (again). I've also spoken with her preschool teacher who says that DD is very smart and gets along well with the other kids but the struggles with her sensory issues are very obvious. We're starting OT this week, and I'm really happy about that.
If your child was meeting milestones but you still felt like something was off, what made you push for more evaluations?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!