This first video has reached over 40,000 hits and has generated a bit of controversy in the comments. Many viewers have raised the question of whether this video "looks like Autism." (Some comments were rather rude and were deleted, which is why you don't see them.) My response is below.
This next video has reached over 60,000 hits on YouTube. I'm glad to be able to educate others about Autism and what echolalia looks like.
Echolalia is when a child only speaks by repeating whatever words he hears. This was how Hayden communicated for at least a year. He never initiated words, but simply repeated whatever words were spoken to him. The very first and very last words he speaks are an example of nonsense words, speaking gibberish. I believe he is 2 1/2 in this video. We were so excited for him to speak at all, at first, so we found this very humorous. After a year of him still speaking in echolalia, we were able to see that his communication was not developing appropriately.
Thank you for reading and allowing me to continue to educate others on "What Autism Looks Like." I hope to post more videos in the future as time allows.