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Weird Forms of Echolalia

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  • Weird Forms of Echolalia

    I have a lot of the standard echolalia where I repeat back random words that people say. But then I've had some weird things happen. Once my mom coughed and I coughed back. I didn't actually cough like to clear my throat or anything like that. I just made the exact same noise that she made when she had coughed.

    Then something that's happened to me a couple of times. A dog at one of my jobs barked and I barked too. I didn't say the word bark, I actually woofed like a dog. And this happened 2 or 3 times.

    Then I've had what I've called my translating echolalia where instead of just repeating back the word, I repeat it back, but translate it into Spanish. Like someone said the name George and I ticced back Jorge.

    Have any of these things happened to anyone one else? Or has anything else strange happened to anyone related to echolalia?

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    Re: Weird Forms of Echolalia

    I've had translating echolalia too. Once, I learned the Russian word for apple, and when my mom asked if I wanted to eat an apple, I said "Яблоко". She was confused.

    Perhaps this isn't exactly weird, but I've also had moments where I repeat back a word in an accent that I'm pretty sure does not exist anywhere in the world.


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      Re: Weird Forms of Echolalia

      There is emerging evidence that the regions of the brain involved in language processing have a close relationship to the regions of the brain implicated in Tourette Syndrome and related disorders.

      Please see the following:

      Learning a Foreign Language and Tics?

      Children with TS Faster at Assembling Sounds

      The role of the basal ganglia and cerebellum in language processing

      Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

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