My three year old girl still can't have a conversation with me

Carrie - posted on 08/03/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is three and a half and still speaks in jumbled sentences made up of things she's heard me say and puts it all together in make believe talking I like to call it. She does however understand me when I tell her to do something specific ,and does it. She also can clear as a bell say " no I don't wanna take a bath" or anything she desires to protest to, she says please and Thankyou, and lets me know if she wants something but kinda mumbles and then says the thing that she wants...like, " mmmbmm peice of candy please" which I'm still working on but it concerns me that if I try to ask her what she did at daycare today ,she'll look at me blankly and say "yes" enthusiastically or if a neighbor pulls up in his truck shell greet him with a wild hi and repeat "that's a truck" over and over like a broken record... I've also heard her sing her abcs but if I ask her to do it shell only repeat each letter after I have...does anybody have any suggestions...?

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Christine - posted on 09/06/2013

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This sounds very similar to my daughter - online and message boards I hear that it's normal, but I see an extreme difference any time she is around other kids, I can even see it in the faces of other parents as they ask how old she is and you can tell they really don't know what to say. I think the reason is they have kids close to that age and their kids communicate so much better than my daughter does. Your "play talking" is a good way to describe what I believe my daughter does too, she uses phrases she's heard and just repeats them - but she is not creating her own sentence based on her own thoughts or intention to communicate. My daughter does not answer yes or no questions and I honestly don't believe she comprehends questions when I ask them. I feel super lost!

Jodi - posted on 08/04/2013

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Just keep having conversations with her. What she is doing sounds perfectly normal, and the more you talk to her and encourage her to talk back to you, the better she will do.

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