David rarely uses his own name and has a great deal of trouble answering the question, "What is your name?" When he does refer to himself, he seldom uses David. Sometimes he will say "Day-me" which I believe is a combination of David and me—at least he has the pronoun correct. Most often, however, he uses the name Ginnie, which has a hard g sound, like the word girl. I cannot possibly imagine where this name came from, but he uses it pretty consistently.
David often just repeats or echoes a phrase back to you, called echolalia in the word of autism. And so, as I tuck David in at night I am sometimes reminded of the old George Burns and Gracie Allen comedy routine where George Burns would close the show by saying, "Say goodnight, Gracie" and she would say "Goodnight, Gracie" except David adds his own little twist. I tell him "Say goodnight, David" and he responds "Say goodnight, Ginnie." Sometimes I feel as if I am living a comedy routine.
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