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Subject: Pronoun switching using 'my' instead of 'I'
Question: 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.

Reply: Don't be concerned about the speech/language distinction. Speech-language pathologists deal with all aspects of language remediation, not just articulation. The real question is indeed whether this is something to be concerned about or not.

I would say that if the kindergarten teacher thinks this is unusual, then it's worth having an assessment, even if it is just to put your minds at rest.

Using 'Me' or 'My' as the subject is, of course, perfectly normal in children aged 2-4, but then it would be more likely to be "My go grandma house" than the sentence you quote.

Anthea
Reply From: Anthea Fraser Gupta      click here to access email
 
Date: 13-Dec-2013
 
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