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“Idiosyncratic Language” & “Stored Language Responses” in Autism

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Note this is from a personal perspective

Sometimes language in terms of interpretation can be difficult to “use” and “explore” however it may not be a true representation of the “inner world” the person is living in.

Words could come out stilted, mixed up and not in order and if the order is there it may take a lot time to form and lead into a strand of information. When my language was in its earliest “fruits” it was mixture of echolalia which I got from movies, sounds, movements, pitches and dominated my mind but trying to learn “interpretive language” was  “forced” and came from a  “stilted “place”.

  • Give the person time to process the information if the person has a level of Aphasia, and/or Verbal Agnosia
  • Allow time if the person has a level of motor coordination issues such as Oral Apraxia, Body Apraxia and/or Body Agnosias
  • Try using Gesture, Tone, Inflection and Objects of Reference
  • Understand were the stored language is coming from – Exposure Anxiety, Problems with Integration “self and other” in conversation, Body Related “Highs”, Mood, Anxiety, Impulse Control, Selective Mutism and/or Emotional Regulation 
  • See the Person First and Presume Competence

Before functional speech it a swill of verbal and visual information that I could not grasp nor mentalising in a fashion which was tangible my “inner world” was very much there but is was struggle to get it out I didn’t have a lot words to use in my mind as it was endlessly swirling and as I got older (before my later infant years) I was slowly building a firm repertoire of words and has a lot I want to say but couldn’t.

When functional speech came at the around the ages 7/8 the it was expressively of a three year old (in developmental, content and constructional presentation) however this “voice” that seemed to be more “fluid” scared me and frustrated me at the same time as it still didn’t represent my “inner world” I was torn between complex stored responses the basics of “interpretive speech” and wanting to cut off from verbal speech altogether not being able to “hold” mental images of words also delay many aspect of my language but painting and drawing in many ways we’re a creative and communicative effort it created a bridge.

I certainly did not have a Asperger trajectory when it came to expressive and receptive language and getting the point of verbal and contextual significance so when I get tired and my language processing goes down. 

  • Speech will become slower and fragmented
  • I will have consciously find “interpretive speak” words
  • Sentence construction and word placement will be mixed
  • I will get “stuck” on a word and/or sentence focusing on how it sounds

I still type more words than I verbally “speak” however I am grateful that I can and I try and use it to the best of my efforts in fact typing has allowed me to express my emotions with much more clarity, cadence and deepness.

Paul Isaacs 2017



Power Rangers – Memories of Childhood – Autism, Echolalia, Echopraxia, Echomimia & Fond Memories

From 1993- 1996 I watched and experienced the first four seasons of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (footage was adapted from the long running Japanese Sentai Series) which was on GMTV in the United Kingdom for me this was a sensory experience and was very entertaining for me to watch and enjoy as a youngster.

Rita & her Minions - Goldar, Finster, Squatt & Baboo

Rita & her Minions – Goldar, Finster, Squatt & Baboo



Megazord  & Mega Sword

Megazord & Mega Sword


Being meaning deaf and meaning blind (seeing and hearing in fragments) – These bunch of unique characters where colourful, over the top and fun to watch and listen too the viewing time was 20 mins approx ( in which the Power Rangers would always win only if there was a story with more than part).


Yes with the advent of VHS I had two episodes which are my favorites to this day “I, Eye Guy” & “For Whom The Bell Trolls” – I would copy the movements and sounds of the characters in particular when Rita threw her wand down to earth and the Zords battling the monsters and it would be 40 minutes of fun for me.





I’m pleased to say that I have seasons the first four seasons on DVD and these bring back fond memories of my childhood, even though I have pointed out during this blog developmental aspects of my Autism it was never the less a enjoyable experience for me to have.

Paul Isaacs 2014




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Autism & “Route” Expressive Language & Pattern, Theme & Feel Language (D.Williams)

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I was non-verbal for about 5 years, I had speech delay and language delay, oral apraxia and then I was pre-verbal and I gained “functional” expressive speech (of a three year old) between the ages 7/8. Before that I lived in a pattern, theme and feel (Donna Williams) with language creating sounds, movements to convey my emotions and communicate as well as touching and sculpting.


Typical/functional speech is to me still not my native language, my native language is before typical interpretation and meaning – even now this is still the case this is do with many factors.


I have learnt to use functional language as a route pathway and cross-over for people who process typical interpretive expressive  and receptive language. much like refined echolalia. 🙂 I still live in a word before typical interpretation. 🙂

Paul Isaacs 2014