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|Subject:||Pronoun switching using 'my' instead of 'I'|
A 5 year old boy is using my as a subject pronoun. e.g., My am going to see grandma, instead of I am going to see grandma.
His kindergarten teacher thinks this is an issue that needs a speech pathologist intervention. I contend that this is a language problem, not a speech issue. The boy has NO problem in forming the sounds and can easily say both words. I think he needs correction to change what has become a habit of misuse. What I don't know is if this is an indication of developmental concern for a 5 year old. Please comment.
Thank you so much for your input.
I am an ex-language teacher and LOVE the language acquisition process.
Without more examples of the phenomenon, it's difficult to assess what is going on. The example sentence you give seems to me to be a bit odd in that most speakers would contract the first two words: "I'm" -- not "I am." Sometimes, young speakers spread a consonant sound in a word, so if he's actually saying "my'm" [= I'm], then, that might account for the anomaly. If it occurs in every instance where the first person singular subject pronoun is required, even when no other instances of [m] appear, you are looking at something else.
It really wouldn't hurt to consult a speech-language pathologist. These specialists do much more than correct sounds; they are trained in all kinds of language issues, including developmental problems. An informed opinion will help with making a decision about treatment, if any is indicated.
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