Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Lora is almost 2 years old (just over 2 weeks left!) and is pretty much where she should be for her age. She is starting to use the potty, has moved to the toddler bed and is starting to use sentences instead of 1 word requests.
Most of her sentences sound something like this:
"Lora help Mommy"
"Lora go potty"
"Lora play hide-seek"
I thought it was sweet how she referred to herself in the third person all the time but then I heard something from my husband's co-worker that got me worrying.
When their daughter was in 3rd grade there was a boy in her class who only spoke in the third person. All of the kids thought he was very strange and didn't like playing with him, so he tended to play alone. This boy also talked to himself while he played alone, always in the third person. He was pretty much exiled because all of the kids found him strange. She couldn't tell me if he ever grew out of it as they moved the next school year, but this boy was 8 years old speaking only in third person.
I really don't want that to be my daughter. I thought it was normal for her to talk this way until I started to think about it a little more. None of her cousins ever spoke in third person, nor do any of playmates that are close to her in age. Once I realized that I had never heard another child talk like Lora does I started getting really worried!
Is this really something I should worry about though? She isn't even 2 yet and I have faith that she will not only drop the third person narrative but also add articles, adjectives, conjunctions and prepositions to her sentences.
Aren't these things something she will just pick up through listening to the people around her? I would love to know if there are any other third person talkers out there.