Does anyone else have a 3 year old that repeats themselves over and over again?

Carter - posted on 03/29/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 now but he's been repeating himself since he first began to speak. He'll be come fixated on an object or a sentence and say it over and over again. His pediatrician says it's nothing to worry about, but I do! I can't help it! Am I alone with this problem? Any useful hints to make his stop? It scares me, and quite frankly it can be really annoying sometimes.

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Iridescent - posted on 03/29/2012

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I'm sorry to have to say this, but you may want a referral to a Developmental Neurologist. The specific terms that go with these behaviors are Echolalia - repeating of words, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - repeating a specific habit over and over. They are very common in Pervasive Developmental Delays and Autism, and it takes some significant work with Speech and Occupational Therapy to overcome them. This does not mean he has ASD at all! It's one sign of it that is concerning though and requires further evaluation.

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2013

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My 3 year old does the exact same thing and I do not believe at all that he may have autism or any other disability like it. I would listen to your doctor.

Jodi - posted on 03/30/2012

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It's hard to know, because children this age often repeat themselves, so it depends HOW this is happening. However, it does remind me of the behaviour of a friend of mine's son and he was diagnosed with Aspergers. He also displayed this behaviour even after you responded to him with an answer each time, and he would keep asking the EXACT same question, almost like he was stuck in a loop. But this was NOT the only behaviour he displayed that was consistent with this diagnosis, so whatever you do, don't jump to conclusions. It could be perfectly normal for your child. Just ask your doctor on your next visit.

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Rosemary - posted on 03/29/2012

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my 3 year old dus the same thing and yes it dus get very annoying but wonts she stirts doing it i try to responed to her right a way so she dus not do it and it has helpe and i tell her to stop saying the same thing over and over i think thay do it to get are atuchen more then any thing i dont worry about it to much she is oly 3 thay still have a shour intuchen spane so ya if thay wont or need something thay may think thay need it right then and there and that cold be any outher reazen y thay do it i hope this helps just be pacent and remind then thay dont need to say the same thing over and over. good luck

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