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Subject: Problems with names
Question: My three year old is having a very hard time learning his colors. refuses to learn his colors. I will ask and he'll tell me, ''you tell me'' or ''don't talk to me about that''. He can't be dumb or color blind, because he quite perfectly associates the color purple as the grape flavor, and brown as chocolate. I tried to create a game, where I crumpled up balls of paper of different colors and threw them across the room. Since he likes to pretend he's a dog, we took turns fetching. I would say what color ball to fetch, but it seemed kind of hit or miss to me. He lost interest in the game a lot faster than other games I've made up. For a while, I thought he knew his colors, and was just messing with me, but I think he really doesn't know his colors. He also hasn't learned the names of his cousins, of whom he sees biweekly. It seems to me to be a related problem. Beyond that though, he seems to be doing ok. He counts to ten in both languages (Spanish is the other language) and I have noticed that recently he has been improving his grammar in both languages (the objective pronouns in particular). But I am wondering if maybe he has set up a wierd schemata for naming things, and learning colors and people's names is hard for him. I have also noticed that if I ask him to give a name to something, like a lizard we caught, he will name them after to of the kids he plays the most with. When we talk about school, he always talks about Christian, but sometimes I wonder if he means another kid in his class. He never mentions other kids' names, but will recognize their name if I say it. What do you think?
From: Eli
Date: 14-Nov-2012
  1. Re: Problems with names    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (16-Nov-2012)
  2. Re: Problems with names    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (17-Nov-2012)
  3. Re: Problems with names    Susan D Fischer     (16-Nov-2012)

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