Your Child May Be Repeating Words Or Phrases Constantly — But What’s The Reason Behind It?

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What is scripting? Amethyst breaks down the differences between two related (but different) behaviors: echolalial scripting (or “TV talk”) and social scripting. Echolalial scripting, or “TV talk,” is similar to echolalia, but rather than repeating short words or phrases, a person will repeat longer phrases of dialogue from books, movies, music, etc. Social scripting — which Amethyst says is more common among teenagers and adults — is repeating the same words and phrases in a social setting, such as greetings. Through “cutting and pasting” phrases from movies with what people say in social settings, a person can create a “bank of memorized social scripts” that make it easier to have a conversation.

Both types of scripting can be very common among those on the spectrum — but is it a behavior that should be discouraged? How “authentic” is this type of communication? Why do people on the spectrum use scripting? Amethyst answers all these questions and more.

(Do you or your child engage in scripting? Have you noticed certain quotes that they say when they are in certain moods? Share with us in the comments.)

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest.