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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Jody - posted on 08/04/2013

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I had a teenage student who I swore only heard things on alternate Thursdays when the moon was full. Turns out he had allergies and there really were days he could not hear me if his ears were stopped up and sometimes that happened on alternate Thursdays when the moon was full. My husband didn't say anything until he was 31/2. He just grunted and pointed.
Ask her if she colored a picture at school. Ask if the picture was a cat or a flower. Be specific. Abstracts are hard for kids to understand.

Kimberly - posted on 08/04/2013

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I would just keep working with her. Spend time just talking and have her repeat things you say and if you cannot understand her, make her say it again. When she mumbles, like about a piece of candy, tell her "I can't understand what you are saying when you mumble. You have to say it plain." Make her repeat it until its plainer and then reward her with the candy. You could also start a reward system. I have a three year old and when she does something really good and itf she has been good all day (for the most part) she gets a sticker for her sticker chart. When the chart is full, we do something special together, like a fun trip or a sleepover/movie party with me or some cousins.

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