Echolalia is a meaningless repetition or imitation of words heard. This is usually manifested in children with autism and/or pervasive developmental disorder.

Example:

Adult: “Good morning Jamie!”

Child: “Good morning Jamie.”

This should not be confused with habituation or repetition of question which is done understand the questions better and formulate answers.

Example:

Adult: “What did you do in school today?”

Child: “What did I do in school today? We studied about planets and fractions.”

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