Child giving wrong answers to questions?

Anja - posted on 06/15/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hey guys! Appreciate the help! I have a son who is slightly speech delayed and is in speech therapy....(just 3). He is coming along in leaps and bounds is a social child and besides hyperactivity and limited eye contact has no other worrying symptoms of any apparent kind (toilet trained can ride a bike and do things other chidren at this age can do).
My question is that sometimes I will ask him a question, such as "what coulor is your shirt" and he will respond with "its a truck on my shirt??" If I ask again he then usualy gives the right anwer such as "green" but I dont know If he is guessing what im asking etc??? He answers yes and no questions. Follows instructions. He answers simple questions but not open ended or abstract such as "what did you do today?". When did your kids start answering these things and did anyone else have a problem with this?

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Katrina - posted on 06/16/2012

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My 3 year old with Aspergers, has issues with answering some questions, to do with colour, numbers, etc. He often answers questions by saying "I don't know" before he actually answers me - which I think is probably just a quirk. He can usually tell me what he did today and things like that though.I agree with Katherine, to remember to congratulate him after. My son responds well to "that's right" and "that's right, good job". I also use "try again" instead of "no". You're obviously doing well with helping him at home with his speech aswell. I always think, if in doubt get another opinion. Even asking your speech pathologist what he/she thinks about his progress. good luck xxx

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Katherine - posted on 06/15/2012

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My daughter is 3 and answers all kinds of questions.....sounds like you're doing a good job working with him. I would say keep doing what you're doing. By this age he SHOULD be answering abstract questions and open ended questions. If you continue to work with him, he will be. Do you prompt him at all?
When he gives the wrong answer what do you say to him? Make sure you don't say "no." Instead say the right answer and "that's right" after it. Has he been tested for anything else? The lack of eye contact just popped out at me.....but I'm not going to assume anything.

Keri - posted on 06/15/2012

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They are coming along in leaps and bounds just like your son! They had their own "twin speak" language for the first 4 years or so. Now I can understand them most of the time and even hold a conversation with them! Your son will get there. I was told by one of the therapists that sometimes when a child's brain is concentrating on speech, something else may fall behind. In my case it was language. Don't worry, all will be well. Just be patient and loving, continue with speech services, and discuss any other issues with your doctor. You are your child's advocate! Good luck!

Anja - posted on 06/15/2012

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hey thanks so much! How are your twins now? He had a hearing test which he passed based around a puppet show. A sound goes off and child has to look for the puppet... I feel it wasnt the most accurate way to test his hearing...

Keri - posted on 06/15/2012

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My twins are 6 now and were diagnosed with speech delays early and received therapy from about 2 years old. Once they went to kindergarten, the diagnosis was expanded to include language delays as well. Your speech therapist should be working to correct this now. Ask him/ her what they think about it and what you can do at home. Definitely keep correcting your son. Are you sure he has no hearing problems? That could be a cause of the speech delay/ language issue. If you think he may have difficulty hearing, ask your doctor for a referral for a hearing test.. Good luck!

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