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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.
How long has he been doing this? If this is the only weird thing he does, and especially
if it's new, I'd suggest that you ignore the issue; he'll figure it out. Correcting him will
do very little good and just make him self-conscious.
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