Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Home Video of Echolalia at 4 years old

Hey everyone. So I just got some old home videos converted into DVD's so that I could watch them. This is a part of one of the home videos that my mom filmed when I was around 4 years old. The video starts at around 4 seconds. This is a video of my echolalia as a kid. In this video I started telling my mom to look at something in the book was looking at and then just kept repeating the word "look" over and over again which is a kind of vocal tic called echolalia where you repeat a word or phrase that either you have said or that another person has said.

As a said before in the previous post It always amazes me to see a little three or four year old me ticcing! It also amazes me looking back on these videos that my parents really thought I just had bad habits that they needed to force me to break and never took me to a doctor or psychologist as a kid. I kept ticcing throughout my childhood though and still of course tic today a lot regardless of my parents telling me to stop ticcing. Telling a child to stop ticcing does not help! It only makes things worse for the child! Tourette's Syndrome is a neurological disorder and cannot be stopped by pure will.

I know my mom recognized I was doing something out of the ordinary because once she realizes what I am doing she quickly turns off the camera and the video switches to a video of my brother as a baby. I had echolalia throughout my childhood where I would repeat my own words and the words or phrases of others and still have it today although it doesn't happen as frequently now as it used to when I was younger.

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