speech question for 2 1/2 yr old

Beth - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year always refers to herself in the third person, is that normal? And when she is trying to tell us something she starts out studdering the first word really bad (this is not all the time though but several times a day).

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Christy - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hey Beth! I just wanted to also say, my son has been having speech therapy for 3 yrs now. He is 4 now and when he went through his stutter phase, the therapist told me to make sure that when he is doing it, don't finish the sentence for them if you know what they are about to say. Just sit and wait for them to finish. This will help their mind put things together on its own. And yes, that's what the therapist called it, a phase. Most kids apparently go through it. It could last about a month or so. I hope this helps a little.

Dale - posted on 01/12/2009

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Refering to themselves is very common,  my daughter is 2 1/2 and she occasionally does. The stuttering is also normal at this age,  as long as it is not a constant occurance. It is only because alot of children dont think before they speak, and get tongue tied with what they are trying to ask for. My daughter has not yet developed this, but my friend's son is going through this, he is 3 1/2 but sounds like the same situation. If it grows to become more frequent then it would not hurt to speak with a speach therapist, or even ask your pediatrition.

Beth - posted on 01/12/2009

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Thank you all for sharing. This is helpful. I have to set up an appt. for her ear tubes to be checked here soon so maybe I'll ask the doc about the stuttering then just to make sure.

Anne - posted on 01/12/2009

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At this age I would just monitor her stuttering as Paulette has suggested. I stutter and I hate it. Most people would hardly even know I stutter as it's very minor and I usually just avoid words that I can't say. However, I do it occasionally and I hated reading out loud in class and it affected my confidence. As an adult I certainly avoid public speaking. I haven't bothered about going to a speech therapist but I wish I had when I was little (maybe around 5??) to nip it in the bud. Hopefully this will be something your daughter grows out of, but if not, even if it's only a minor stutter I would take her to a specialist.

Alisha - posted on 01/12/2009

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Part of the reason for speaking in 3rd person makes perfect sense.. you refer to your daughter by her first name she also sees you refer to your self as mommy.. so it is only natural for her to refer to herself by her name.. She will soon use the proper pronouns that you are waiting for her to refer to her self as me or I..

Carole - posted on 01/12/2009

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I was a preschool teacher of Toddlers/2's.  Not all of them but several spoke in the 3rd person...it won't last...and it's very 'normal' from what I know for the stuttering....just so excited to have the power of speech and not sure how to use it yet!!

Paulette - posted on 01/12/2009

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HI Beth, Talking about herself in the third person is normal, it seems like they all do it. The studdering could be normal. But I would think about what has been going on since this started and I would keep track of what is currently going on by journaling. I would note how many times and what is going on at the time each episode happens. This will help you figure out is there is anything causing it or if this is just part of her development. Another thing you can do is ask family on each side if anyone did this as a small child too. It could be reassuring to know more of the family history too. At this time I would not worry about it because if she thinks it is a big deal, it could become a big deal. If it is severe enough, I would contact a speech pathologist, early speech work is most beneficial too.  

Jeanne - posted on 01/12/2009

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My daughter just turned 3 and started stuttering about 4 months ago. I talked to a speech therapist and she said it is normal. Just give them your attention when they are talking.

Alana - posted on 01/12/2009

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my son used to stutter a bit but generally just when he was exited and he grew out of it after a while, if your really concerned though id go to the doctor. ANd He's three now and still sometimes refers to himself in the third person,and so do a few of his little friends, id say you have nothing to worry about there! .xx

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