Do you have a child that says “me” for “I” (e.g. “Me very hungry.” “Me going down the slide.” “Me want to play.”)? I’ve found it is most beneficial to model the language for them. As they play, narrate their actions on the objects, but talk as if you are them. “I am going down the slide. I want to play. I am driving over there. I am going to get it.” Try to provide one sentence for each act...ion. Make it very natural and go slow. Most kids can hear an adult modeling the language and start to use it. The key to success is to do it during play and to use what they are currently doing. The child in your life will most likely start to say, “I” sentences, but you may still hear an occasional “me” sentence. When this happens, repeat back the sentence correctly, “I found the toys.” Children are pretty amazing at what they pick up.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist
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