What are some examples of communicating through echolalia? What counts? What does it sort of mean, communicating through echolalia?
Short version: echolalia is anything you repeat to communicate, for stimming.
Longer, more complicated version: Communicating through echolalia means taking a sound, a phrase, or a combination of the two, and using that as substitution for meaning, well, anything, that last beyond the typical developmental range for that behavior.
So, if you say, “Do you want juice,” I might echo that back to you, “Do you want juice?” to mean, “Yes.” Or I might answer you by saying, “Juice, juice, juice,” to mean yes.
I can also use a noise that doesn’t really mean anything to mean yes. For example, I might just make a J sound you. Even more abstract, I might just grunt.
The thing I say or the noise I make does not have to be related directly to what the meaning of my words. It only has to make sense to my internal logic, and if you don’t know my language it won’t make any sense to you.
For example, “Grandma goes to the grocery store,” could mean, “Yes, I want some juice,” because I once went to the grocery store with my grandmother. I maybe, “Daddy drives a red car,” because a character I like on T.V. had a dad that drove a red car to the grocery store.
To make things even more complex, that depending on my language skills, a sound I make could mean, “daddy drives a red car,” and if you didn’t know me well enough to know I like this particular cartoon character, and that particular cartoon character’s dad drives a red car, and that is the noise I make for red cars, you are never going to piece together what I am vocalizing.
Some of my personal echolalia include things like:
Elevator go down the hooooooooole, which means exactly what it sounds like;
shiny captain, for anything good; Oh my gosh, because I just like the way it “sounds” in my head; Ok so, from a very old meme, which means I am about to infodump; Fucking kangaroos, which I say with no context because I enjoy it, and many, many others.