Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Janet P. PattersonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_920


Duplication; Echo; Hint; Indicator; Prompt; Recurrence; Reiteration; Reminder


Repetition is the act of saying or doing again the words or actions of oneself or another. In clinical assessment, repetition is useful in classifying aphasia types, determining severity of motor speech disorders (apraxia of speech and dysarthrias), assessing perseveration (abnormal persistence of a previously appropriate response), and classifying echolalia (unnecessary verbal repetition). Repetition ability is preserved in some people with diagnoses of aphasia, motor speech disorder, specific language disorder, or autism and impaired in others. Good repetition ability is typically seen in individuals with anomic aphasia, transcortical motor aphasia, and transcortical sensory aphasia. Individuals with Broca’s aphasia, conduction aphasia, Wernicke’s aphasia, or Global aphasia typically have poor repetition skills.

In treatment, repetition is a direct intervention technique to teach speech...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology ServiceVA Northern California Health Care SystemMartinezUSA