Echolalia- the automatic repetition of vocalizations.made by another person.
I found it here, in a photo post about the relationship of an autistic boy and his mother. Wikipedia says it is one of the " is one of the most salient aspects of communication disorders in autism." In other words, it is another box to be ticked in the ASD.
Echolalia is Frodo's main form of speech. He rarely speaks outside of it.
I've been learning more about the boxes that are to be ticked. Last week we had a meeting with Frodo's teacher in the presence of an expert. School is not going well for him. He is aggressive, uncommunicative, and has no interest in doing what everyone else is doing. Tick, tick and tick. He is not particualrly concerned about whether or not he keeps his clothes on. The teacher kept repeating some things over and over, as though they contained some greater significance than would appear at first. They too were boxes to be ticked.
"He walks on his toes- all the time. On his toes."
"He speaks in a high pitch squeak, not a normal child's voice- just a very high pitch squeaky voice. Very high pitched, very squeaky."
He hates school and tries to avoid going. In that respect he is advanced: it took the girls until grade three before they hated school and asked us to keep them at home. It took him less than a month and a half- and that with a bunch of sick days in between.
When I take him to school I often see other children from his class walking with their parents. Sometimes the child will spot us and start pointing. "Look, Mommy! See? There's Frodo, the one I was telling you about. There he is! It's him!"
And now, Echolalia. Tick.